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Speed Reading

What is Speed Reading?


Speed reading isn't just about reading faster. Learning how to speed read gives you the skills to adapt the way you read depending on what you want to get from a particular piece of reading material in order to read more effectively. In speed reading, a number of different reading techniques are used, in order to make better use of the reader’s time, improve comprehension and help with the retention and recall of information.

The average person who reads a piece of text using the traditional technique of ‘mental reading’ that most of us are taught at school, where you sound the words out in your head as you read (called 'sub-vocalisation') can take in around 250 words a minute. By utilising speed reading techniques - such as chunking or visual reading – you can easily double or triple that AND retain more information. This means you read more efficiently and more effectively.

Speed Reading

Tony Buzan Speed Reading Practitioner – One Day Course


Speed Reading

For businesses, corporations, charitable organisations, professional bodies and any group of individuals who would like to save time reading reports, books, documents or information, whether for work, study or pleasure.

Using a variety of techniques - including skimming and scanning, chunking and visual reading - this one-day interactive course will enable you to become a more efficient and effective reader. We show you how to quickly identify your reading purpose so that you can adapt your style accordingly and avoid having to re-read information because of losing concentration. With practical exercises throughout the day, you will learn a number of skills that you can apply in order to increase your reading speed, enhance your level of comprehension and boost your ability to recall what you have read.

Speed Reading Practitioner Course Outline

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Information Overload
  • The Principle of Marginal Gains
  • Initial Speed & Functional Literacy
  • Beliefs About Reading
  • The Seven Step Definition of Reading
  • How the Eyes Move
  • Four Speed Techniques
  • Developing Your Field of Vision
  • Peripheral Vision
  • Managing Motivation and Concentration
  • States of Mind – Activating Optimal Brainwave Frequencies
  • Comprehension vs Speed
  • Retaining What You Read
  • Subvocalization – Good or Bad?
  • Making Sense and The Need for Context
  • Levels of Processing
  • Use of a Guide
  • Reading from Screens
  • Correct Lighting
  • Effect of Colour and Typeface
  • Relativistic Reading
  • Review
  • Graduation

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Tony Buzan Speed Reading Practitioner Course

To support the learning on the course and to help with ongoing practice and implementation of the techniques covered, each delegate will also receive the following:

  • The Speed Reading Book by Tony Buzan
  • Improve Your Speed Reading Skills by Phil Chambers
  • Tony Buzan International Certificate signed by Tony Buzan and Raymond Keene OBE
  • 3 months of free support via email.

Tony Buzan Speed Reading Practitioner Course - Pricing

Price: £500 per delegate

Number of delegates: min 4 max 15

Venue: course conducted on your premises or at a venue arranged by you


* Alternative venues may be arranged for an additional fee. These are charged at cost.

Who can benefit from speed reading?


Generally, anyone who can read can learn to speed read at any age, but it is normally most effective from teenage years onwards. In the workplace, it is extremely useful, especially for those who depend on being able to retain a lot of information such as scientists, researchers, lawyers, analysts, teachers, managers, consultants and those who need to pass professional exams or have Continuing Professional Development obligations. Students in education also find it particularly helpful, as it can help reduce their study time, or help with wider reading around their subject.

Speed reading is an extremely beneficial skill to learn as it can help you:

  • Become more knowledgeable
  • Retain more information
  • Save reading time
  • Study more effectively
  • Have better recall
Mind Mapping
Mind Mapping

Top tips for improving your reading speed


  • Identify why you are reading this piece of material
  • Preview the text before you read
  • Pay attention when reading
  • Make sure your reading environment isn’t distracting
  • Time yourself – and keep practising
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Did you know?

Your brain is a mass consisting of 78% water, 10% fat and around 8% protein. It weighs around 1.5 kg and it looks rather like a walnut. It also represents roughly 2% of your total bodyweight, but consumes 20% of your calories. The more you think, the more calories you burn.

(From "Use Your Head" by Tony Buzan)

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Cancer Research UK
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