Speed reading

Speed reading – overview

This very practical course will teach you speed reading skills that help you read faster while still maintaining comprehension. You will understand the theories behind the process, such as brain-eye co-ordination. Your reading speed is initially assessed and then, applying different techniques, calculated again so you can identify the processes that really work to suit your needs. You will find a noticeable improvement during the day.

Full details below or download course outline.

Learning objectives

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand and practise a range of Speed Reading techniques
  • Increase your current rate of reading
  • Demonstrate understanding and comprehension using speed reading skills
  • Demonstrate visual techniques that increase brain/eye coordination
  • Assess documents content efficiently and effectively prior to reading
Who should attend?

This is for anyone who feels the pressure of time when faced with a great deal of reading material to absorb. The need to stay up to date in your knowledge and skills is vital for your business and your personal confidence levels. Increasing your reading speed will help you to achieve all of these and much more.

Course format

This is a very participative day. It will take the delegate on a journey to discover their inner ability to read and understand at a faster rate.

Expert trainer

Melanie is an experienced and creative personal development trainer and group facilitator whose methods and style of delivery empower individuals and groups to realise their potential. She is a skilled team worker, leader and effective manager who enjoys the challenge and responsibility of working for the development of others.

Melanie has been involved with developing people for over 25 years. She set up her training and consultancy business in 1995. Her specialist areas of training are the personal development skills which involve managing ourselves, managing others or being managed. Melanie works extensively across the three sectors; public, private and not-for-profit and at all levels within organisations from the front line to the board room.

Trained initially as a Youth and Community Worker, She has extensive experience of managing groups and individuals that enables their learning and development. Her own development has included an Advanced Professional Diploma in Consultancy Practice, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education for adult training, Life Coaching certificates, NLP Practitioner certificate and a Level 5 Diploma in Learning and Development through TAP (Trainer Assessment Programme) with The Training Foundation.

Melanie has worked with a wide range of clients, including: Dept. of Work & Pensions, Manchester City Council, Liverpool University, European Union – OHIM (international trademark organisation), British Airways, Royal Mail, British Aerospace, National Grid, ASDA Stores, The Prince’s Trust, National Housing Federation, British Diabetic Association, The Vegetarian Society, Age Concern, NACRO, Three Rivers HA, Manchester Care and Repair, as well as many more. She achieves outstanding results, with feedback such as:

‘I learned a lot in a short space of time that will stay with me for a lifetime!’

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Learned lots of new techniques to try out – very interesting. Good to work in small groups and get ideas from other people. Melanie is a very good trainer – very patient and ensured everyone is included and participating’

‘This course has increased my reading speed, making me aware of the things that slow me down.’

‘Excellent, practical and very useful, happy to recommend to anyone who needs to improve this skill. I found that I gained tangible results and transferrable skills in just one day. Thanks to Melanie for a job well done’

Speed reading – course outline

Delegates should preferably bring sufficient reading material typical of their own work to allow for at least two hours of reading at their current speed. Other useful reading material will be provided if this is not possible.

1 Defining the difficulties of reading and the barriers

  • Current reading patterns
  • Challenging the Myths of reading
  • The reading process – brain and eye activities
  • Right Brain / Left Brain connections to reading and comprehension

2 Assessments and techniques

  • Comprehension – the 4 key questions to ask yourself
  • Scan, question, read, retain, recall
  • The Ebbinghaus effect for recalling information
  • Summarising methods
  • Note taking for recall
  • Using mind mapping as a tool

3 Dealing with blocks and bad habits

  • Comprehension blocks
  • Procrastination
  • Sub-vocalisation
  • Surveying
  • Skimming
  • Using different recall patterns to suit needs

4 Assessments and trials of techniques

  • Seven step plan to increase reading speeds
  • Increasing motivation to read
  • Controlling Eye movement regression
  • Using the peripheral vision
  • Using a pacer
  • Creating a rhythm to reading
  • Maintaining comprehension with speed
  • Personal Action Planning