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How can I improve reading speed and comprehension?

How can I improve my reading ability? I want to increase my reading speed and comprehension. Do you have experience in increasing your reading. What did work for you? Which approaches failed?
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What is the best way to approach large tasks, such as reading scientific papers, that require intense focus?

I'm in graduate school, and part of my job is to read widely in my field. Scientific papers are very dense and I tend to read slow, so I average around 2-3 pages/hour. Consequently, long papers can ...
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How to keep up with academic publications (papers) as a researcher?

As an academic researcher involved in a field with lots of academic publications, I find it hard to keep with these constant stream of publications. Even if my field is already specialized, there are ...
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Be able to focus and read books when your partner watches TV

I like reading books a lot. Usually have only time for that at night, after work, but at that time my wife likes TV a lot and specially zapping; continuously jumping from one channel to another. I ...
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Can reading electronic displays be made more comfortable?

We all have to handle large amounts of information on a daily basis, but some of us find it hard to focus on the information displayed on electronic devices. It's easy to read through tens of pages in ...
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How to master a large variety of technical literature

I've an Engineering background I like to read technical literature (college level onwards) quite omnivorously - especially mathematics, computer science, engineering, and medicine. This is part of my ...
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How do you read programming books?

I'm wondering, how do you read programming books? I always don't do the exercises, I just read the book.. Do you read while sleeping or you really take the book and study like you do in high school ...
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How to take notes when reading technical books

Do you know of any systems such as mind maps or flash cards for taking notes while reading technical/programming textbooks? For example, after reading two chapters of a dense textbook and taking a 1 ...
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How to work through technical books for long hours to completion

I cannot sit in one place reading for more than a hour, no matter what book it is (except maybe Harry Potter). Can anybody please advise me how I can learn to sit and read for long hours. My main ...
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How to stop mind from drifting off while reading?

Lets say I'm reading a text on programming language which has some example on poker. As soon as I read it, my mind drifts off about some related things around poker, like probability, last time I won, ...
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How to stop vocalization habit in reading

Voicing the words,as you write or read...How to stop it? It wastes a lot of energy, and limits the speed.... any other tricks than singing... cause I also need to comprehend the matter
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How to Stop Glazing when Reading

When I need to read something, I have a really bad habit of just glazing over it and not really comprehending the words. As a result I have no clue what I've read. How can I stop glazing at a ...
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Free and simple speed reading software?

Many years ago I did a 5-day speed reading course. At the time, my reading speed (paper, not screen) went from 200ish words a minute to between 1100 and 1250 wpm. It was fantastic. Comprehension ...
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How can I listen to a webcast while reading or programming?

Since I have a full-time job, I find difficult to do things I like, such as starting personal projects. For example, I'm trying to listen to a webcast, which from time-to-time requires me to switch ...
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How to effectively read and understand scientific literature?

If have read some other topics regarding this subject, but they were rather focused on the immediate understanding of a paper and not long-term knowledge of a topic. Suppose I read a book about about ...
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Reading multiple books simultaneously or just one at a time

The good: I try to read as much as possible - I would like to understand the world, as ongoing learning, as professional and personal development, just because I like it. The bad: I am a slow reader, ...
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Speed reading technique - How do I get rid of subvocalisation?

I heard about speed reading techniques which enable a person to read quickly. I looked into some of them and removing subvocalization was the best option I found. Can anyone shed light on how I can ...
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Massive amounts of books to read and audio books to listen to

I have a huge list of books I want to read (around 70) some of them related to Computer Science (mainly programming) and most of them self-help (various topics). I also have a list of audio books that ...
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How do I concentrate on tough topics when reading on the computer?

I'm a graduate student in computer science, but I have only read 3 academic papers so far this year. The Internet is too fun for me, and I actually have learned a lot from it. The problem is that it's ...
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How can I get myself to read books?

This might sound vague, but I think the question is pretty simple: If I have never had a habit of reading books in my life (as some people grew up with) and I am now in my twenties, how can I start ...
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Long term effect of learning speed reading

A few years ago I learned to speed read, but in recent years I'm using it less and less. Maybe because it didn't bring me what it promised: same or even better comprehension and speed. Did you get ...
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Reading a book a week

I want to try to read a book a week for 12 weeks beginning this summer. I have already began collecting recommendations for which books to read, and I will refine the list at some point, to get the ...
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Does Readfa.st actually help you learn to speed read?

I just came across a site called Readfa.st. It has this way of getting you to learn to read fast by hiding the text you're not supposed to be reading. Apparently, it'll teach you to slowly learn to ...
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Concentrating on reading in a noisy environment

Imagine you're living in a noisy environment. It means. You're in a flat in block of flats surrounded closely by other block of flats There is a play ground under your window where children and ...
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How long after reading should you review?

I read a lot of advanced math and computational science literature which requires the reader to be pretty involved most of the time. I usually read and simultaneously take notes, solve and comment in ...
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How to become a fast learner?

In the college, I faced the problem of not grasping my study-materials fast. It used to take intense study and brainstorming to understand a material which seemed to be a piece of cake for others. ...
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Making sure read/review list actually gets read/reviewed

I am finding that my list of papers to read ends up growing over time, never actually decreasing in size. I happily file something from my inbox into a folder, then proceed to immediately forget about ...
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How to force myself to focus while reading

I am having very less concentration. Specially when I read a book or an article. I don't read a paragraph of 2 lines even. I start searching 1 or 2 words from a line and leave the rest. Definitely, It ...
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How to evaluate quality of a book

I'm reading quite a lot professional literature, it's often about information technologies, programming books, computer science etc. The problem is that there are many books that are poorly written. ...
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I want to track pages of book read per day [closed]

I am try Beeminder but it is not apprpropriate tool to page tracker. Can we have tool which is free and I can use it to increase my reading speed? Can I track my pages read something like velocity? I ...
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Save a place in a webpage where I stopped reading?

If I am reading a really long book online, after leaving and coming back a few days later, I have no way of remembering where I stopped. Is there any "tool" (for browser say, I use chrome), that can ...
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How to make sure that I don't forget all the books I read and all the experience I have

I read many books, articles, listened to many videos, and I made use of them a lot, but, after a while, I forget everything I've read or seen, as if I have never went through them. For example, in ...
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Speed reading technique ebook

Which ebook would you recommend to learn speed reading techniques, to improve reading speed and understanding? (ebook, preferred for Kindle, as I don't want printed version - easier to buy overseas)
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Reading to Understand

When I read a math or science textbook and do not understand something, I can easily look it up online or look at another book for a different perspective. But how does one develop the ability to ...
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What is the optimal text width for Speed Reading?

Was reading here about this technique. From my POV it only works good with a distinct min-max text width. Columns in newspapers of a with of a few centimeters (5-6) seem quite good to me. I also like ...
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How to read books in a better cost-benefit ratio?

I have a habit of searching for good self-help/Technical book if I found one then I will start reading it until I find another good self-help/Technical book and this pattern goes on and on. The ...
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How to productively read a computer science text book?

I find it hard to achieve true understanding reading theoretic computer science books. In particular, I struggle with symbolic notations and proofs. After spending a very long time perusing all the ...
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Method for keeping the most of a bibliographic work?

I just ended a research project in physics, and most of my time was spent reading articles. However, I still think that my method to extract and keep the most information from what I read could be ...
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Engaged Reading for web pages

Sometimes even if I am interested in a topic and in need of sorting through it, I am still unable to get myself "into it" and engaged (especially for technical articles) unless it is printed out and I ...
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What is the average reading speed in words per minute?

I have heard about different statistics about the average reading speeds of English among English speakers ... but I don't find any of them particularly reliable as their is wide variety. Can somebody ...
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How can I better stay focused - My mind runs at 100mph when I try to focus

I finished my first year at university and I found that I really have trouble focusing. I know the tricks of limiting distractions, but even in an empty room my mind is always running and thinking ...
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Kindle Fire or Nook Color as a tool?

I am considering buying an ebook reader but not only to read books but to use websites, write notes if possible, keep a library of texts I use in teaching, reference, etc. The price for these ebook ...
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Learning methodology for software developer?

I am a beginner in software development. I've started learning algorithms, networking and software development practices from various books. My seniors advised me to read one book and learn one thing ...
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How to read a 300-page non-fictional book in a day?

I have a school competition coming up and because of school (and I'll admit, my laziness and other stuff like workout, running) I haven't been exercising for the competition. I read 100 pages out of ...
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Send it to my Ereader

I have a Nook Touch, but this question aims to address a system that would suit any Ereader device. What do I need to do to reliably take anything I find on the web and automatcally have a version ...
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Speed reading software with highlights

Do you know any speed reading software, preferably open source, that highlights text in chunks of words (3/5 words). I know some but they just flash text like cards. What I'm trying to do is improve ...
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Does speed reading work well with reading non-native language?

My native language is Serbian, but from my early age I started to learn English. And now, when I am a programmer I read almost all stuff in English (stuff for college, books, internet stuff, movies, ...
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Increasing the reading comprehension in foreign language texts

My level of English is reasonably high (c2) however due to it not being my mother language I still suffer some handicapping when reading texts in it(for example some specifications or more technical ...
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How to come out of bad sleeping patterns? [duplicate]

Background Story: It has been ten years since I slept before 10 'o' clock and wake up at 6 or before. In all these 10 years I have been atleast sleeping after 12 and waking up after 8 nowadays these ...
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How do I set aside time for leisurely reading?

I love reading. For me, it's very stimulating to read for pleasure. Oddly enough, reading on the subway in NYC works very well for me. I am able to live inside the pages of the book I am reading and ...