Speed ​​reading strategy – the role of "eye span" and how it traps you

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 “Although I have taught people from all walks of life how to read for 30 years quickly, I have only received a lot of questions about it recently. For new students entering my course, the problem has been ahead of time, I am not even in training. Use this term. The new student has already read some content about it somewhere. But there is too much attention to it.

"Eye span" refers to the amount of text that is accepted by the eye each time it stops or "fixes" the eye. By stating "eye span", someone is already doing some research on speed reading. There is a lot of information about this topic. Indeed, part of the goal of speed reading is to let the eye ingest more each time the eye is stopped [fixed]. Traditional linear readers typically require one to three words per fix. It is inefficient when you consider the total area of ​​the eye that is clearly focused when the eye is at normal reading distance. This normal field of view is between 1 and 3 inches in diameter. The line of sight is always solid – this means there are horizontal and vertical fields.

The problem of learning speed reading and "eye span" becomes apparent as marketing and many programs try to teach you the possibility of broadening the horizontal span. In fact, many programs, especially speed reading software programs, use only horizontal field training beyond the natural limits of the visual experience, about 3 inches. These types of training exercises attempt to extend the span to 6 inches or more, telling the learner to go straight along the page line by line, line by line.

Remember that I pointed out that the line of sight is three-dimensional? Try this experiment. Take a page that is primarily text, with a print area of ​​6 to 8 inches and a large paragraph. Now focus your eyes in the middle of the text. Still locking your eyes. Draw a circle with a pen or pencil and see how much print you can see. Don't worry about understanding the text, just focus on the clarity of the visual experience, or how much you see. Measuring area. It may be between one and three inches in diameter. This is your natural "cone".

As you speed up reading, you try to move this "cone" up and down the page. However, you don't want to worry about the number of words you see. You want your thoughts to find meaning from the text. However, if you don't train your mind to respond to and understand these faulty words, it will be very frustrating because you don't understand.

If you don't understand, please know that you can't read it. Understanding is the key. Understand the meaning gained from print. I often let learners say they learned 1500-2500 words per minute, but they don't understand. They experienced visual training but did not undergo cognitive training or understanding.

Because of this concern about "eye span", learners pay too much attention to the technical aspects of the eye, or to the mechanisms and sentences of the meaning of the text. The mind becomes overloaded because there is competition in what the mind is doing. You can't understand if you are so focused on the technical aspects of what the eye is doing. So forget what your eyes are doing. Promote meaning!

For our years of instructional reading, we teach learners to open learners with a diameter of 1-3 inches and search for ideas or meaningful groups of words. It's not about "word groups," "word clusters," or the number of important words. It is about the eyes that prevent "meaning groups." Speed ​​reading is a process through which readers can find meaning in prints in a more efficient manner. The eye span is only part of the reading process, but it gets almost all the attention in most speed reading training.

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