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Some great advice in the other answers already. I am also facing the same challenge. Things that have helped me the most are: Get as fast as you can at typing - do typing lessons, make sure you can touch type, even buy a better keyboard if it helps Learn keyboard shortcuts and let go of the mouse. Keyboard shortcuts make me orders of magnitude more ...


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Some ideas for your 12 books: Choose your books carefully. Pick good books on topics you want to know about. Read for enjoyment first, information second. Don't get hung up on the number of books you read. Instead, focus on getting the best from each book. If numbers really matter to you, choose thin books. Consider whether all your books need to be ...


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Basically all of these suggestions imply obtaining a deep understanding of the programming language in question. The better you know the language, the better you can code in it. Stack Overflow is a great resource. I use it all the time. Get the best programming book you can find and read it cover to cover. Then read it again. You'll be better equipped to ...


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This website called TypeRacer is one I've used to significantly increase my typing speed. It basically tracks your typing speed in a game format but requires you to type perfectly to advance. Rather, not my speed, but my accuracy. Once you get around 80-100wpm you start needing to be precise and perfect, the first time, to avoid all mistakes. It's hard to ...


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I am 44 weeks into my year with the goal of reading 52 books in the year. I am right on pace. The way I did it successfully was ever time I picked up a book I figured out a way to track the number of pages I needed to read in it per day to finish in 6 days (one day of wiggle room in case something weird happened). I can't tell you how great this is. Instead ...


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Several of the other answers on this page jump to providing solutions without first understanding the problem. In my view, this is a mistake. As as CS student you undoubtedly know that, in order to optimise code, you need to: Determine where the bottlenecks are so you can target your efforts where they'll be most effective. Use objective measures so you ...


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I also tried to learn speed reading by myself with books/articles/websites etc. But my progress was very slow. In my opinion professional software is the way to go. Here are two suggestions: EyeQ 7 Speed Reading I like EyeQ best, because it has better structured exercises. To answer your question: The apps have exercises like chunk reading, widening ...


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How fast or how much you code is generally not a good metric to judge programmers by. What matters is primarily the method you use to solve the problem; algorithm, programming paradigm, data structures. That said, if your peers indeed are 200 times faster than you when implementing functional solutions, you need to question whether a career in Computer ...


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The most important effect to be aware of is oxygen toxicity. Courtesy of Wikipedia: Oxygen toxicity is a condition resulting from the harmful effects of breathing molecular oxygen (O2) at elevated partial pressures. It is also known as oxygen toxicity syndrome, oxygen intoxication, and oxygen poisoning . . . Severe cases can result in cell damage and ...


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We started working on readfa.st based on a couple of assumptions: Different people read at wildly different speeds Comprehension and retention are not inversely correlated with reading speed (i.e., faster readers don't fail to comprehend) Somehow it's possible for some people to read faster than others, and from our data, it doesn't seem to correlate ...


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Yes - you can definitely improve your ability to take in information at a higher rate, and this is one way to train your brain. Once you can cope with higher speeds your brain can adjust to take in all the information around the point on a page you focus on. Unlike @Joe's comment, you don't need to trade off speed and comprehension (although you can if you ...


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I'm a former college instructor as well as someone with a bit over 10 years as a software developer... Don't let efficiency concern you too much as a student. Some of my most successful students came to me with stories of how they spent days on stuff I could hammer out on a lunch break. (Do this for ten years and I promise you, you'll make most "fresh outta ...


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From my memory some time ago someone mentioned http://www.readfa.st over on this website (forgotten the original link). If anyone had other free good alternative websites or software to train speed reading, do let me know too. Thanks!


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Besides humming or singing while you read, you can also learn to recognize chunks of words at a time. I took a speed reading class that did exactly that - once you can recognize and comprehend three to five words at a time, you can skip the vocalization. Let's look at this paragraph again in chunks: Besides humming or singing while you read you can also ...


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Not same but similar question asked before in here. Take a look How to stop talking LOUDLY to myself? First of all, this situation is bad thing for you. But It's not always bad. It's %100 up to you. I think, for you, See->Understand seems much more efficient than See->Say->Understand. Actually, it depends on your personality. If I'm alone, I often ...


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I'm using the Fast Book Outliner by David Seah. It's a printable sheet of paper to put down brief notes in place corresponding to the pages in the book. As the sheet fills, it's a visual reminder of where I've been reading in the book, what I made of it, and where I might want to continue next. While I'm reading, it doesn't delay to take these notes, and ...


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I'll start with reading speed. I know that for me, speed can be affected by my level of focus, distraction, and the complexity of the material I'm reading. For instance, Reading a short story by Raymond Carver, with his sparse language breezes by. However, switching to Dickens, with embellished, and sometime run-on sentences, I find myself re-reading ...


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I use Daytum to record personal statistics. It's quite versatile and it can be tailored for your specific need as well. You can record how many pages you've read for the day and present it as a chart or as several charts (actual # per day, average per day, etc). I've been using the free version, and found it to be adequate enough.


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There is an open source utility for speed reading called "Speed Reader Enhanced" Here is a list of some plugins which will help you in practicing speed reading with any article on any webpage: 1. Zapreader 2. Spreeder


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I learned to speed read, last years I'm using it less and less Learning something and don't using it regularly, that can be worst thing for your productivity. If you learn something new, you should never stop doing excercise with it. That's the best way not forgeting that something you learn. In my opinion, you don't need read very fast. I think nobody ...


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Although your main concern is about your coding speed, my advise would be to focus on making sure that when programming, you are solving the right problem, in the most efficient way possible. Speed is not the most important aspect in programming. Many programmers quickly produce buggy applications and are not abble to maintain it on daily basis. Your ...


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Practice will definitely help. If you're practicing right, it should feel difficult and you'll struggle to understand what you're doing. If you're comfortable with the practice and feel it as too boring and repetitive, then you're not learning anything new. Set the bar a little higher, so that you're always uncomfortable. There's a theory that learning to ...


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Check this link. I am surprised to find that there are computer programs to help read fast. Good tips are mentioned there. Some of tips I find very much helpful are: Talk about what you've read. Some readers find that by talking about their reading with friends or fellow students, they are able to effectively synthesize the material. Use a pacer like a pen ...


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The proper way, which Pitman and all the other major methods use, is to learn your home keys: For your left hand, pinkie finger to index finger should sit on A, S, D and F For your right hand, similarly for ;, L, K, J Thumbs should both sit on the space bar You should be able to feel the little ridge on the F and J keys - these tell you when you are back ...


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In my experience, it is unneccesary to use typing trainers. You just need to understand how the 10 finger system works (see also Rory Alsops answer), and again and again remind you of the correct way to type during your normal work. It'll take some months, but will be worth it and takes not much additional time or effort. It also helps to switch to an ...


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One of the most important things to do before an important exam is to make sure you are well rested. We often get caught up in trying to get so many things done we neglect one of our most basic needs – sleep. I would also do something that normally raises your self-confidence: look at previous accomplishments, take note of how far you have come since you ...


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Find a test taking book. It usually has strategies to help you avoid "traps" in the test. For example, may questions may give you 2 points. But one of them may take 10 minutes, while another one takes only 2. Do the 2 minute question FIRST, then do the 10 minute one later if you have time. This is just one of many tricks for increasing your score. Another ...


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I read the "The Evelyn Wood Seven-day Speed Reading And Learning Program" book.


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Spd Rdng - The Speed Reading Bible Haven't read it, but have good reviews: Turned a book hater into a book worm Great speed reading techniques These are Life Changing Skills


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So the short answer here is that there are no short cuts. In slightly longer form - I think it's generally accepted that speed-reading is a nice way of looking at the trade of between speed and comprehension of text. (There's a Woody Allen line, which goes "I just speed-read War and Peace. It's about some Russians.") and if you want to make that trade of ...



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