Speed Reading: the Easy Way

speed reading the easy waySpeed Reading the Easy Way. By Howard Stephen Berg and Marcus Conyers. Published by Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. 1998. Paperback, 335 pages. ISBN 0-8120-9852-8

Kembali menemukan buku tentang speed reading... Berharap kecepatan membaca bisa meningkat dengan signifikan. :)

Jika speed reading-nya Tony Buzan pembahasannya lebih mendalam dan detail, maka speed reading yang ini lebih ringan dan praktis. Saya abadikan kutipan bagian pembukaan di halaman xii-xv buku ini di sini, dengan tujuan untuk meresapi, dan mencoba menerapkannya. Yang menurut hemat saya, keseluruhan tujuan buku ini sudah terangkum di bagian ini. OK, here it is…

The seven deadly myths that reduce your reading speed

Bayangkan sebuah balon udara berwarna indah dan cerah yang bisa terbang setinggi 2000 kaki, tetapi balon itu sekarang dipasangi beban sebanyak tujuh kantung pasir. Ketika kantung-kantung pasir itu dilepaskan, apa yang akan terjadi? Yup! Balon itu akan terbang setinggi-tingginya. Seperti itu pula kecepatan kita membaca. Sekarang ini kita digelayuti tujuh keyakinan salah yang membebani kegiatan membaca kita. Tapi, sekali kita berniat melepaskannya, maka kecepatan Anda membaca pun akan naik, setinggi-tingginya. Coba dan buktikan!

Ini dia beban-beban yang harus dilepaskan itu:

1 – You need to read one word at a time. Speed-readers read whole chunks of text at once rather than one single word.

2 – You need to read everything at the same speed. Speed-readers have the ability to slow down or accelerate depending on the complexity of the material. Research shows us that only 11 to 40 percent of a book contains examples and reinforcement.

3 – Slower reading speeds improve comprehension. Has this ever happened to you? You pick up a book and begin to read. Suddenly you find that five minutes have passed and you don’t even remember the name of the book. Why? You were going too slowly for your brilliant brain. When you read slowly, you are accessing the auditory front left portion of your brain. This section is one of the least efficient at storing information into long-term memory, and therefore, your comprehension actually drops. Comprehension and recall actually increases when you read at an accelerated rate because it switches on the powerful visual area of the brain.

4 – You must read the whole book in sequence to understand it. Only 11-40 percent of the book contains the real information. Speed-readers will often begin with a completely different sequence, one that maximizes comprehension and recall. Speed-readers can learn the key elements of a book at an accelerated rate by reading the book in a different sequence.

5 – You must stop to look up a word if you don’t understand it. Speed-readers simply mark them in the margin and look it up later if still necessary. This one step will boost your reading speed and recall tremendously.

6 – You should never use pen or your finger as a guide during reading. Speed-readers know that eye and hand coordination allow you to accelerate your reading speed tremendously. Simply use your pen, and rips through pages at a high speed, simply marking the bits you need to recall. Or simply run your hand down the pages.

7 – Reading a book is the same as learning the material in that book. Reading is not the same as learning; they are two separate stages. The key to effectively acquiring information at an accelerated rate is to use the following sequence: First explore and examine the book at a high speed, second identify the key data that needs to be remembered. Third, to use specific memory tools to load this information into long term memory.

Semoga bermanfaat.
Happy reading. :)

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