New Website Offers the Opportunity for You to Test Your Speed Limit
A new website is offering you the opportunity to find out just how fast you can read, and teaching you how to improve it for free. For many people, it’s time to go back to school.
When it comes to learning about reading, most people assume that they’re done after they graduate primary school. Nothing could be further from the truth. Robert Watson, a local teacher and tutor, notices this firsthand every day.
“When I tell my high school kids that they need to re-learn how they read, they always look at me like I’m crazy,” says Watson. “The thing is, if you never worked on developing stronger reading habits, you’re slowing yourself down, and you’ll struggle when it comes to timed reading tests like the ACT and SAT.”
Even adults don’t get away scott-free. “Adults need to learn to read better even more than the students do. For them, it’s not a question of learning for a test, it’s learning for their jobs and careers. Reading is so essential to just about every job out there, and these people need to work on reading faster and better.”
Fortunately, according to Watson and many other experts, the two things go hand-in-hand.
“When you learn the basics of speed reading, you’re able to increase your reading rate and at the same time, increase your comprehension. The reason you’re reading faster often has to do with the fact that the tips we teach will help you think about the words on the page, processing the information while you take in more.”
“To be honest, it would be nearly impossible to read faster and understand less,” says Watson.
Now, with the help of his new website, Watson is trying to change the way that people think about speed reading. “It seems to have degenerated into nothing more than a cute parlor trick,” he says. “Speed reading is so much more than that. It’s a life skill that can save you hundreds of hours in a year.”
His website, www.free-speed-reading.com/, is now offering free tests that will let you compare your average reading speed with that of a number of different types of people. Do you read at speeds matching college level professors, or third graders? To find out, you’d have to take the test.
“The most interesting part of the whole thing for me is to see what happened when I averaged test scores from different kinds of people,” says Watson, who’s study results are shown after you take the test. “Reading speed seems to have a direct impact on the amount of money you make, how high you rise in your profession, and how smart you are.”
Third graders were tested with an average reading speed of 150 words per minute, while college professors were able to read at almost 800 words per minute.
To take Watson’s test for free, visit http://www.free-speed-reading.com/
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