Have you ever thought about improving your reading speed and comprehension to enhance your online learning experience? Many working teachers enrolled in a master of education degree program have discovered that enhancing reading and study habits can bolster the quality of their coursework, increase their GPA and help them study more efficiently.
Several speed-reading and comprehension programs are available via software packages, book or manuals, and online or in-class seminars. While research shows that the average adult reads at a rate of about 250 words per minute with 70 percent comprehension, speed-reading programs promise a realistic rate increase to 500 WPM with better comprehension. (It’s interesting to note that the fastest readers claim to read at 1,000-2,000 WPM with over 50 percent comprehension!)
From early military research in the 1940s and the use of the tachistoscope machine to improve word identification, to the “Reading Dynamics” course created by Evelyn Wood in the late 1950s, the concept of speed reading has evolved into a valid discipline for aiding student performance. Today’s software and online programs emphasize rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) techniques for more efficient eye movement and focus. Dozens of books online offer diverse methods for improving reading ability and study habits.
These common habits often prevent reading efficiency:
Try a few of these acknowledged methods for building your reading speed and comprehension: