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The Speed Reading Book (Mind Set) [Student Edition] [Paperback]

Tony Buzan
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8 May 2003 Mind Set

Tony’s innovative approach to this subject makes speed reading easy to understand, enabling you to apply it immediately to all aspects of your life. It’s fun as well! An ideal tool for students, teachers, executives – indeed, anyone eager to improve the speed, comprehension and quality of their reading.


Speed Reading makes it easy to:

  • Think faster and more creatively
  • Make better notes
  • Pass exams with relative ease
  • Study more successfully
  • Save days, weeks even months of your time

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Active; 1 edition (8 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056348702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563487029
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tony Buzan is the world-renowned inventor of Mind Maps and the multi-million copy bestselling author of 'How to Mind Map' and 'Mind Maps for Kids' series. He appears regularly on television and lectures all over the world. He advises international businesses, governments, educational authorities and Olympic athletes. His work has been published in 100 countries and 30 languages.

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'The Speed Reading Book is an absolute requirement for anyone with a desire to read and learn more efficiently'. Sean Adam, World Speed Reading Record Holder

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Tony’s innovative approach to this subject makes speed reading easy to understand, enabling you to apply it immediately to all aspects of your life. It’s fun as well! An ideal tool for students, teachers, executives – indeed, anyone eager to improve the speed, comprehension and quality of their reading.

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The speed reading book 13 July 2004
By BP1
I read this book in conjunction with 'use your head' by the same author. Both books are excellent and are particularly useful if read together. As a result of reading this book my reading speed has more than doubled and I am more confident about my study skills.
The author writes in a positive, no-nonsense manner which instils confidence within the reader. Although the information/self-tests are geared towards improving speed and the information on improving levels of comprehension is comparatively sparse, the book is a 'must-have' for those who wish to improve one of the most important life-skills.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware the low ratings from reviewers 5 May 2006
When I started the course, I was reading (and comprehending about 80%) at 240wpm. After just a week, I was reading at 700-800 wpm with about 60% comprehension. But many months later, and sticking to the techniques, I've managed to reach 1100wpm and getting closer to 90% retention.

The point is, you will invariably lose comprehension when you first learn speed reading, and you will feel like you're "skimming". But your eyes pick up a lot of peripheral data and this is absorbed in your brain, whether you realise it or not.

Speed reading is like a diet... you have to keep at it, and you have to stick to the requirements through thick and thin.

Highly recommended!
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172 of 191 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe... 26 July 2003
I have to confess that I did not complete this book and the course it laid out to improve my speed reading skills. However, I can claim that by following the advice in the first few instructional chapters I did manage to increase my reading speed by 50% using very basic techniques that require little training. However, I found that the huge leaps the book made in the subsequent chapters were daunting and perhaps only attainable by those with a real conviction to improve their reading speed (my conquest, on the other hand, was based more on curiousity than self-improvement).

What follows is a brief description of the organisation and layout of the book. If you are after a final conclusion please skip to the end : )

It starts off with a bit of background on speed reading and affirms that anybody can easily master 1000 words per minute. In various chapters it introduces various bits on psychology and the science behind speed reading that are interesting on their own and are presumeably there to make you believe that increased speeds are simply a product of knowing how to access, understand and use these parts of your brain/mind.

There is also a brief section on famous speed readers that the author obviously intends to inspire you with: Tony makes out that we can all have a photographic memories like Magliabechi, an assumption I find difficult to quantify.

As far as the actual advice goes, instructions are laid out clearly and following each section and a brief practice, there is a test designed to analyse your reading speed, the progress of which you can track on a graph in the back of the book. However, the greatest misconception regarding high reading speeds is that any increase in speed is associated with a drop in the level of comprehension.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen knows best 29 Mar 2010
It seems that in many peoples minds speed reading is inextricably linked to scam artists offering impossible gains for extorionate prices. So it is understandable the scepticism and cynicism that one feels when approaching anything like this book, but it should not automatically be linked with the charlatans. Speed reading techniques purely involve knowing where to look on the page and using your periphery vision to take in a larger number of words at any one time. Whilst there seems nothing wrong with this as a general approach as you delve deeper you realise that there are many unsubstantiated claims involved and you are essentially buying into what is at its most rudimentary nothing more than glorified skimmming. Don't delude yourself into thinking your becoming some sort of super speed reader who will automatically remember the majority of what you read. As I was once reading Derren Brown's 'Tricks of the Mind' book I came across a line by the famous Woody Allen which for me puts speed reading in perfect perspective.

"I took a speed reading course and read 'War and Peace' in twenty minutes. It involves Russia"
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Obsessive mind mapping 4 Jun 2008
The first half of this book was quite useful in that it highlights problems with back skipping and other basic reading "problems".

What let this book down for me was the shameless self promotion of his Mind Mapping which he has trademarked.

I did not a book about Mind Mapping (or spider diagrams, to use its non-trademarked name) and therefore don't want to be cross-sold further mind mapping material

The claims about super-high speeds have not yet proved attainable and I have serious doubts about their attainability

That said I have improved my reading speeds as I was particulary slow
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the rest 20 April 2009
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For the less confident the book contains anecdotes and examples for practising speed reading.

MOST IMPORTANTLY the book has actual techniques which you can use to increase your speed. Other books tell you the theory (no distractions, good lighting, subject headings first etc), but with no techniques its difficult to go that step further!

I found that my speed and concentration increased if I inverted one of the techniques/patterns presented.

There are the odd 'selling' references to mind maps, but the overall good content means it becomes just a distraction.

The rating would alter to 5 stars with even more depth on the techniques.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish book
Book itself was delivered on time in good nick. But the read itself is rubbish dont work and is a complete waste of time.
Published 3 months ago by MISS KELLY STEVENS
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Buzan is a genius
Unlike myself Tony Buzan is a genius, however his book explains how even I could top up my IQ and learn a thing or two. Easy to follow, tapping in to all learning modalities.
Published 10 months ago by Rinkytinkpink
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect too much
If you have never thought much about the way you read, either at work or for pleasure, then you may find some useful ideas in this book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ShoppingMole
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
Useful book for learning to speed read. I haven't had time to measter the art yet as it needs practice!
Published 16 months ago by Mrs G.P.Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars great book make sure you are determined to go for fast reading
Make sure you make a study plan as the book suggests in the introduction. Otherwise there won't be too much this book can do for you. Read more
Published 22 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well, if you stick to it!
Interesting little book. App. 200 pages of easy to read information that may enhance your ability to read faster. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by SG
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed reading for foreigners
Although my mothertongue is not English, there are fantastic tips and tricks in the book with many exercises that are interesting to do. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2010 by Cornelia
3.0 out of 5 stars not so good
I'll be honest, I didn't like this book. It does give you techniques and it should improve youre reading speed if implimented. Read more
Published on 23 May 2009 by mustafa
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear.
This book is full of outlandish and unsubstantiated claims about speed reading. It is padded with bad science, unreferenced information that is simply unbelievable and exhaustive... Read more
Published on 7 April 2006 by M. T. Belton
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