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Is speed reading fact or fiction? In this video, we go over various techniques used by speed readers and discuss which are useful and which are not worth the hype. After watching this video, you will learn how to read faster.
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One factor that I’ve personally found vitally important for reading comprehension is focused attention. I can read at 200 wpm, but if I’m distracted my comprehension and recall will be nil—whereas, when I’m focused I can up that to 400-500 wpm and have excellent recall/comprehension. Note: focused attention is mentally taxing, so taking breaks (pomodero technique) is also important!
Saying something is not possible is not proof. A lot of these denunciations are straw man arguments showing a lack of understanding of speed reading techniques. At least he got some of the terms right.
Where does the idea that regression increases comprehension? Aren't you increasing reading time rather than reducing it? Is this based on some white paper or book somewhere? The reason I ask is because I've read that one is supposed to eliminate regression and increase comprehension at the same time.
Solid video Dr. Jubbal. Some of these techniques were explained in the amazing book, "the four hour workweek", but you did a much better job at explaining the concepts and how to apply them to different situations. THANKS!
Can anybody explain why I can remember a Stephen King novel that I read years ago down to the most minute detail yet unable to remember a textbook I read a week ago? Is it the layout of text maybe in story form? I am beginning to think maybe textbooks should take a different approach of how they organize information. Perhaps detailing gluconeogensis as a story as opposed to a step by step process. Anybody else have this experience?
Notice how you can remember the lyrics of your favourite songs because you enjoy them.
You remembered the novel because it may have been somewhat enjoyable.
Making stories and songs on a subject is a very very very very effective way to learn
I helped out fellow students when it came to difficult academic text. I achieved great results in reading slowly and by using color pencils, noticing key words and underlining at most three important words or lines per page. On the other hand I read two volumes of „Fire and Ice” in an afternoon by just reading important verbs, nouns and names, leaving out most descriptions. As a former student of literature it was easy to fill out any gaps. It’s important to have expectations beforehand, as reading the actual text or study is directly filling into a web of knowledge you already have.
Love the video. I have a question about one of your first videos where you talked about studying, and one of your tips was to summarize notes sheets, which I thought was a great idea. Do you recommend doing this as a daily thing after each class, or wait until a little before the test and summarize all of your notes from that general topic? Thanks, and keep up the great videos.
It is easier and faster to read technical works like research articles and medical textbooks if you have created a large knowledge tree or Schema of the subject in your mind. This means you have experience or already an extensive understanding of the material. If you are a newbie, then it is tough sledding since you don’t have a Schema yet. This is why attending physicians can read articles far faster than med students. I usually go through hundreds of articles at a sitting. With an extensive Schema, you just need to focus on what is important for you in the article. For example, on the use of Ketamine for depression, I focus on the outcome of studies, the mechanisms of action, the route and dose, the adverse effects, the pharmacology, etc. because I am interested in clinically applying it for certain patients. As another example, with experience an internist friend only needs to pay attention to 3 symptoms to tell if a person is having a heart attack. He doesn’t need to do a whole physical exam. The quality of the Schema one builds will determine the quality of physician.
Good point about background knowledge facilitating more rapid consumption of new information. Valid, but as I stated in the video, reading more is a slow process that will increase speed slowly and gradually. I see this as a side benefit of extensive study in a subject area, but a terribly ineffective method if someone simply wants to improve reading speed. These improvements will come with time as the individual focuses their study in a certain topic
Audiobooks are simply one tool to use. I wouldn’t personally use an audiobook version of a textbook, for example. Each technique has its merits. Thanks for watching and hope you learned something about reading faster!
You have plenty of time before you become a doctor. What I would recommend is studying and asking questions about the subject. Ask yourself which part of science confuses you and why? Look at YouTube for explanations, search specific topics on the internet. There are plenty are resources available to help you gain a bit of understanding on what you may be struggling in.
Hello doc. How would you increase your speed of reading and comprehension while preparing for CARS ? Is there any techniques or suggestions that you would like to share with me ? I am an average reader and I am kinda slow in reading. Hoping to hear back from you. Take care
I just found your channel and I love it! I dont speak English (i live in USA) but Im trying to get into Med School in 2019 and your videos are helping me a lot, I have watched 10 videos or more today. Thank you for explaining everything slowly and step by step
Your videos are well structured, to the point, informative and entertaining. It is refreshing to see wholesome content on youtube. I'm a college student (not in the medical field) and your videos have been helpful. The most important habit I've learned from your videos is how to maximize the use of my time. Keep it up👍
Great video, appreciate it!!
Do you know anything about the science behind audial comprehension at higher speeds?
If gradually increasing, I feel like I can listen and comprehend at a similar level up to 2.25x.
Not exactly. The linguistic part is your understanding of the language, not having to hear it out loud. Even if you were listening to audio of complex and intricate topics, you would have to slow down to fully comprehend it
I'm not a med guy but this channel is gold. I applied this stuff to a machine learning class and absolutely aced it. A proper learning schedule, regular test exams, flash cards + anki image occlusion and there is no material you cannot conquer. This is coming from someone who previously had no clue how to properly learn!
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