The Speed Reading Techniques
The average adult reads 250 words a minute. Dr. Frank claims that the average adult can increase their reading speed by fifty percent instantly, double that reading speed in a week, easily attain a reading speed of 900 words per minute with practice, and soar beyond that if they're really dedicated. So does it work?
Here's how it worked for me.
The first chapter of the book contains a test; readers are asked to note the time it takes them to read a certain section, then work a formula to determine their reading speed. Mine was about 350 words per minute.
The second chapter outlines the first steps to speed-reading--which basically consists of breaking bad reading habits that slow us down--and asks the reader to time themselves reading the rest of the chapter, using the new techniques. Sure enough, my reading speed was creeping toward 600 words per minute.
Later in the book Dr. Frank teaches hand motions and other techniques to increase reading speed, and by the end of the book I could read 850 words per minute if I was focused.
Incidentally, Dr. Frank claims that readers who have a hard time focusing will benefit the most from speed-reading. These people read much more slowly than they think, so of course they get bored! Increase their reading speed to match their mental processing speed, and even hard-core ADHD readers will hone in on the text.
I figured that 850 words per minute was good enough for me, and didn't put in the time to go further. I didn't increase my comprehension of the text, but I didn't lose any either.