This tip title will probably cause you to go, "huh?" or have an
"aha!" when reflecting on your own experience trying to learn to read faster.

This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get about speed reading – ”Can you really read fast and still comprehend and remember?” The short answer is yes, but you have to understand the differences of these cognitive processes.
Although it isn't possible to teach everything there is know
about comprehension in this single article, I assure you, this tip you are getting is not revealed by anyone else teaching speed reading. Most speed reading programs sell speed with very attention to comprehension, memory, and recall.

What is your approach if you have something to read that is really important and you want to be sure you remember it? If you're like most people, you probably read very slowly to be sure you "get it." Then while reading very slowly, you find yourself forgetting what was said a few sentences or paragraphs earlier. This is a common approach, but is entirely wrong!

Comprehension, memory and recall are similar in that they are
all cognitive processes. But they develop separately!

Comprehension is understanding while you read. Memory is the storage of the information. Recall is your ability to bring the information back at a later time. But the untrained reader tries to combine these processes leading to confusion and frustration.

Don't slow down your reading to try to remember the material!!!
You'll only get yourself confused.

Understand it first. Then reflect to consciously create a remembrance of it.

So, again, read to understand first (pre-reading helps), push
the mind to respond, then reflect on what you read.

There are many ways to consciously create remembrances of your
reading material. But notice that I said "consciously creating"
the memory. If you don't create the memory, your recall will
probably be fuzzy, after about 48 hours. That is a natural rate
of forgetting that has been proven several times, including the famous Ebbinghaus Study.

Too often in our daily rush, we may read something but not spend the time to reflect. So the information doesn’t get stored. If it doesn’t get stored properly, it will get lost in the unconscious not having a direct path back for retrieval.
If you’re looking for effective speed reading training, make sure the program you take has these important brain training elements included.

Happy reading.

Author's Bio: 

Ed Caldwell, speaker, developer, trainer, and author, is president of Productive Learning Systems, Inc., and and its sub-site As a user and teacher of Dynamic Speed Reading skills for over thirty years, he has helped tens of thousands of learners from all walks of life to master their information overload. Previously, Ed was National Director of Instruction and Teacher Training for the world renowned Evelyn Wood Program where he was responsible for revamping and updating the curriculum incorporating the newest findings from neuroscience. Currently, ProductivElearn’s Master’s Online Program: Dynamic Speed Reading, Memory, and Recall is a unique program with individualized coaching and learner feedback offering a near live delivery experience of the skills.

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