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10 Days to Faster Reading [Paperback]

Abby Marks-Beale
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15 Jun 2004 0446676675 978-0446676670
Speed reading used to require months of training. Now you can rev up your reading in just a few minutes a day. With quizzes to determine your present reading level and exercises to quickly introduce new skills, this book is a must for anyone feeling pressed for time.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (NY) (15 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446676675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446676670
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.1 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for me 21 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book worked for me. I like that it's short book and has tests throughout so you can track your progress.

Haven't tried any other books on the subject, but this one has more than doubled my reading speed.

I think that if you are already a fast reader then there may be limited value here, but for someone who is not a faster reader then this is a great book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase 24 Feb 2010
Great book that offers a lot of advice on the topic of speed-reading.

It offers a variety of tests and techniques for self-improvement.

It might be 'small' (200 pages) but its very helpful because it can suit your personal style.

Great purchase for anyone new to speed-reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Every 1st year student should read this 3 Jun 2011
This is basically a course in a book. The chapters are broken down in a systematic way that as you read each chapter you complete a part of the course and build upon previous parts.

Each chapter has a discussion of how to improve your reading speed, how to put it into practice with things like "pacers" and then a time trial to evaluate your progress.

This is an excellent book for all levels of readers. I thought I was a fairly quick reader, but with a few simple tools (like better eye movement) my speed has improved without a drop in comprehension.

I would recommend this book to anyone who reads regularly, to those who don't read often because they think they are too slow but especially to any university students. This book will help you to better use your reading time. You will be able to find the important information, read it faster and comprehend it better. For the price of this book compared to school textbooks it is a small investment with a big reward.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 27 May 2011
By dynamo
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This book does exactly what the title says. i'm an older student and have just returned to study after 20yrs and also have dislexia. The amount of reading was a real problem but this book has got me reading alot faster and without loosing comprehension. A must if your studying
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed Reading Anorak 25 July 2011
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I am not a great one for following the advice of self-help books in any shape or form, although I enjoy reading them. This however deserves to be systematically followed. It provides valuable strategies for advancing your reading in a short space of time and does what it says on the cover. So far I have completed all of the exercises up to day 5 and I have learnt useful techniques such as previewing; reading key words only; and have tried the eye exercises recommended. They all work.As someone who has to read constantly for my living often stuff I find as interesting as watching paint dry this book helps me get through my working day without being bogged down with useless reading material. All this is supported with daily exercises where you can monitor your own progress. All reading has to be purposeful for these techniques to have any meaning and the discussion on the differences between passive and active reading are also though provoking. The reference section provides useful texts for future reading. I'm hooked and see many happy years ahead of being a speed reading anorak.
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59 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Where does all the time go?

Recently, as I have been compulsively working through my 'reading' pile, I've been watching from the corner of my eye, the 'to do' pile of books. Where in the past it's been a moderate selection, it's now become something of a collection.

Am I reading too many books? Am I 'busying' myself out of reading time? My mind is wandering and I'm losing motivation to read.

The ocassional daydream will segue into the idea of time management -- I would certainly welcome more organisation. But even when I find the time for more reading, I don't get any further -- or improve retention for that matter.

Then I summised... If I could improve my concentration maybe I would not only read quicker, but read and retain more too.

"Concentration is the art of being focused, the ability to pay attention"

The author of 10 Days to Faster Reading, Abby Marks Beale, has good reason to write a book on faster reading. She qualifies herself for this topic with her creation, 'Rev It Up Reading,'* a successful program that gets people up to speed with their reading. But she has also founded a company* that helps busy professionals work faster, smarter "and just plain better." All this talk of speed makes me wonder if she's a fast car fanatic.

"Practice is an important aspect of improving your reading speed," Abby says in the introduction. I, however, have been practicing for nearly two decades for heavens sake. When is practice time over? I read the way I was taught in school. As far as I can tell it's the same approach as everyone else...

This, it turns out, is the problem.

In school we are taught to read every word.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent tips wasted by puerile writing 28 Sep 2012
By Steven Brown TOP 500 REVIEWER
Speed reading is like driving a car. You want to go faster, but because of what you've learned before, you are limited by your driving habits. By breaking those habits, and practising the new way to drive, you will be able to open up a whole new world of speed, and get to your destination much faster.

If you think the paragraph above is useful, and helps you understand the concept of reading faster, get this book.

If, on the other hand, you think the paragraph is stupid, as you can understand basic concepts without it being explained by a car analogy, then do not buy this book.

It has a few good tips interspersed with 90% filler - and even then, it's a very short book. As I said above, I could barely read it, due to each chapter starting with about 2 pages worth of the aforementioned car metaphor.

It's also filled with other nonsense - for example, goes on a complete meander about your personal time management - I nearly dropped the book in the bin when it recommended that I use "Google or Yahoo as they give better search results, and you'll save time by using them". Yes, that golden nugget of information is actually in here!

Saved from a 1 star rating as some of the tips are definitely quite good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far one of the best books I have ever bought
By far one of the best books I have ever bought.

I have never really liked reading and I know alot of people who would agree. Read more
Published 56 minutes ago by Mr. M. D. Augustin
3.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point to improve your reading speed
I am not a native English speaker and I am keen on speeding up my reading abilities.
I chose this book as it looked like a good compromise and the 10-days approach sounded... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniele
2.0 out of 5 stars not much use
do not really find this helpful. I don't know what I was expecting but I have not had any joy from it really, disappointing. Would not suggest people waste money on it.
Published 9 months ago by s h
5.0 out of 5 stars day 4 and I'm up from 138 word/minute to 240!!!
I'm an IT Infrastructure engineer by trade and have to read lots of Microsoft manuals etc each year (the bane of my life) however, since starting this book I'm now (slowly)... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christopher J Needle
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
This is the most refreshing book I've read.
I will surely recommend this book to students who need to read a lot.
Published 12 months ago by Samuel Lobato
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
I was quite content with my purchase and looked forward to each speed reading test. Strangely, it does not provide with the opportunity to gauge your words per minute score. Read more
Published 16 months ago by movamental
2.0 out of 5 stars Useful advice that is poorly expressed
There is no doubt that this book contains some useful advice and techniques but the style used is infantile. Read more
Published 22 months ago by corroonb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.. Definitely should have read this ages ago!
If I had read this ages ago my reading pile would be a lot smaller! Great book. Would recommend it to all reading enthusiasts.
Published 23 months ago by HValv
4.0 out of 5 stars a good structured book
I'm not going throught the book as fast as I'd like to,covered about a third of it and my approach to reading is changing I want to read more, and the speed is picking up already.
Published on 15 July 2012 by M. Jerome. H
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful information, shame about the packaging
First things first, this book does offer some useful techniques for speeding up reading, and I can see that being talked through it, in a structured way, is helpful. Read more
Published on 3 July 2012 by Amazon Customer
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