Day 1

Five reasons you may be stuck:
- your attitude
- you’re only human
- lack of reading training
- your "to-read" pile
- not having enough time

Make a conscious decision about what to read carefully, what to skim and what to disregard.

10 Fallacies of Reading Your Primary School Teacher Tought You But You Should Ignore

- you have to read every word
- you need to sound out every world aloud or in your head
- don’t use your hands or fingers to help you read
- you need to completely understand everything you read
- you need to remember everything you read
- go for quantity: the more the better
- don’t skim
- don’t write on your books
- it doesn’t matter what you read as long as you read
- speed is not important

Reading engine

- read rapidly
- use rhythmic eye movements
- understand well
- wide eye span
- read with a purpose in mind
- vary reading rate
- evaluates everything read
- wide vocabulary
- reads various materials
- read frequently
- broaden background and general knowledge

Be an active reader.  Passive reading habits: mind wandering, regression & subvocalisation

Day 2

- Most common passive reading habits are mind wandering, regression, and subvocalisation.
- Mind wandering is day-dreaming
- Regressions is flick of eye back to words already read
- Subvocalisation means mentally reading word for word or physically moving your lips while reading

Day 3

Concentration is important, particularly in reading.

Choosing what to read:
- WHY am I reading this?
- WHAT might I need this information for?

Day 4

Stop your eyes on keywords rather than read every word: key words are important words in the sentence.

Learn to "swing" your eyes helps them become more familiar with the efficient eye movement necessary for fast reading


- reading a group of words that form a thought

Tools exercises

Day 5

Get a clue map before you begin.

Pre-viewing is conscious technique of looking over material to:
- see if worthwhile to spend time reading
- establish more specific purpose
- gain background info




First sentence of paragraphs

Summary or concluding paragraphs

Day 6

Be critical of what you read, will help with comprehension

Day 7

Find nuggets of time to reduce reading pile

Day 8

Understanding when to change speeds

Day 9

Reading technical manuals

Day 10