- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 6.1.2001 edition (1 July 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446676675
- ISBN-13: 978-0446676670
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was pleased with the results.
On November 19th, I took the first time test. I read 240 words per minute with an 80% comprehension.
Marks-Beale provides the following chart to access your reading level:
100-200 words per minutes = slow reader
200-300 words per minute = average reader
300-400 words per minute = good reader
400+ words per minute = an above average reader
On November 27th (I know, not 10 days- but hey I was learning to read faster), I took the last time test. I read 440 words per minute with a 90% comprehension level. Not bad.
The techniques she teaches definitely work, but the book is really just good, not great. The use of a racing analogy through out the book was more distracting than helpful. Of course, that could be because I have no particular understanding of racing or race cars. Still, to continue the metaphor meant burying her main points deeper in the paragraph which made the book difficult to "Preview"- a technique she teaches in the book.
Apart from the pacing techniques and the bad habits to be aware of there isn't much else to absorb. I liked the book and would recommend it, if for no other reason than I did increase my speed and comprehension.
Now, I just have to keep practicing and unlearning bad habits.
10 Days introduced me to multiple methods for reading faster, a few of which seem to work well with me: using a pacer, keywords/key phrases, and previewing. My WPM is now well over 450. And that is after only 10 days, with much improved accuracy.
The only drawback to this book is that it provide a large amount of information over a relatively short time frame. I will remember what worked for me right away, but probably will not remember enough to try out some of the other techniques that take longer to learn.
1) Training your eye span and movement.
2) View larger word clusters instead of single words.
3) Use a pacer that works for you (this is highly individual and this book wisely contain many choices).
4) Limit sub-vocalization (internal whispering)
5) Read with a purpose.
6) Vary you reading style in accordance to the material
Besides all this the book contains a multitude of tests, pointers on screen (computer) reading and lots of other useful stuff.
The book is not without its limitations, the biggest problem being that it is simply to ambitious; it's material on note taking and technical reading is so short and over simplified that it ends up doing more harm than good, for people interested in this important subject I suggests you look to the book What Smart Students Know. Another and perhaps more important area that lacks attention is the speed techniques themselves, although many are presented only few are backed with exercises which is crucial to their development and understanding.
For all it's problems the book still deserves four stars, simply because it will install confidence in you that this actually works. I went from 220 WPM to 330-350 WPM within a week, with my comprehension rate rising from 50 to 70%. However if you want to go up to 400-600WPM, extend your mental abilities to concentrate (read) for longer intervals and get your comprehension rate up to 80-90%, you will have to look to more compressive (and time consuming) programs such as the one brilliantly outlined in Breakthrough Rapid Reading. For newcomers and people who just need quick improvement or motivation I will strongly recommend this great little book.
What THIS book does very well is give you the tools to find out what type of reader YOU are. Then it gives several methods to try and practice that fits YOUR individual issues with reading pace and comprehension.
There are also exercises to help train your eyes in the muscle memory needed to effectively speed up your reading.
I'm not a speed reading prodigy, but I have personally found with what I've read so far, that I'm blasting through technical magazines at record pace, and comprehending the material. My pile of things "TO READ" is almost gone. I can't wait to finish my daily lessons and move on the the next level! Good Work.