Comprehension and retention


icon ‘I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in 20 minutes. It involves Russia.’

Woody Allen

In this chapter I aim to dispel two commonly held myths about speed reading. First, that as speed increases comprehension goes down (as in the quote above). Secondly, that subvocalisation slows you down and should be eradicated entirely.

As you will see, increased comprehension and speed go hand in hand. Your brain is amazing at discerning meaning even with relatively little information, certainly less than every single ...

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