Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald

[NON BLOG] Reading Speed

Soon after I signed up for a speed-reading course at UPEI in the summer of 2003, I found out that I in fact didn't need to pay the $C80 since I had a reading speed somewhere in the vicinity of 2000 WPM. This is reading, I think, not skimming, since I do retain knowledge of what I read, so let's call what I do with text just that.

One thing I've noticed recently is that my effective reading speed varies according to the type of material I read: simple clean-structured prose can be read at a higher speed than more complicated writing styles, and non-fiction more quickly than fiction. Sometimes I have to pace myself so that I'll be able to follow the author's original intentions and not miss structural details. Some things are meant to be read at a certain speed, it seems.
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