Packing Heat 100: Relearning Reading
Relearning Reading10 Days to Faster Reading is the first book recommended at Personal MBA. Since I had tested my reading rate years ago (and come in at a third-grade level!!!) I decided it was in my best interest to see if I could improve my reading rate to enable myself to plow through all the business books I wanted to read.
10 Days challenged several of my basic assumptions about reading.
- Reading rate is fixed
- I won't enjoy reading if I go faster
- I won't comprehend what I'm reading
- There's only one way to read
Grouping wordsWhile many of us (meaning: me) read one word at a time, we comprehend multiple words at a time. I could say "red" and you'd imagine the color red as one concept. I could say "red rubber ball" and you'd imagine that as a single concept too, not three distinct words.
The website Eyercize dynamically challenges us to read in word groupings rather than individual words. Give it a try. It's free!
Your assignmentGet thee to Eyercize! Try it out and see if it shifts the way you think about words and concepts. (And if you already think that way, yay! Some of us, ahem, are still working to graduate from the third grade.)
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