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5 Speed Reading Tools That Could Help You Read 400WPM

5 Speed Reading Tools That Could Help You Read 400WPM

For most of readers, 200WPM is the normal speed at which books or articles are read. However, if you want to read 400WPM, the following 5 speed reading tools may be useful. The main theology of speed reading tools is to eliminate any possible distraction, like sub-vocalization, to allow the reader to absorb the maximum info and enhance comprehensive capability within limited time. All of them are reviewed from four parts, i.e. installation tip, screenshot introduction, pros and cons.

1. Squirt (Mainly Use for Firefox)

Installation Tip: Drag the blue booklet button on this page to the bookmarks bar in Firefox.

Screenshot Introduction:

A hanging window will show in the webpage after click the bookmarklet and all words will show in the center with a trunk line in the middle. Basic settings and advanced settings can be found on the top of the flash words.

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    Pros:
    • Split the whole article with words or sentences showing with flashing chunk. Only the middle word will be highlighted to draw attention.
    • Adjust the reading speed as per personal needs by clicking forward and backward arrow button. Advanced setting shows the shortcuts of pause/continue, escape and faster/slower for PC.
    • Click the bookmarklet directly. It will read the whole page. However, if you want to read only parts of article, just select the parts before clicking the bookmarklet.
    • Also supports Chrome and Safari.

    Cons:

    • Limited setting in word amount or colors.
    • Only available online.

    2. Spreed (For Chrome)

    Installation Tip: Chrome->Tools->Extensions->Get More Extensions, search “Spreed”, or install by clicking here directly.

    Screenshot Introduction:

    A book-like extension tool will show at the end of search area. Click once to pick up the current website into Spreed (or use shortcut Alt+V to activate). This will lead your pointer to choose the right body of text. A green independent window will pop up, as seen below, with settings near the top.

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      Pros:
      • Change the read speed by clicking the arrow button below WPM, users can start from 5 WPM up to 1600 WPM.
      • Words amount can change from 1 word at a time to 6 max. You can also change the font size (5–100) and word colors (black, white and orange).
      • Partial reading can be activated after choosing the content and right-clicking to pick up the selected text into Spreed.
      • Independent window for flexible reading.
      • More settings, especially in font size and words amount.

      Cons:

      • Unable to activate by one-click.
      • Only supports Chrome right now.
      • Only available online.

      3. Spreeder (for Any Text)

      Installation Tip: Unnecessary to install since you can just use it in your browser; users can find here.

      Screenshot Introduction:

      You can copy and paste any text to the box and click “spreed!” It will start to read the text by showing words/sentences as per setting. All settings can be found on the bottom toolbar.

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        Pros:
        • Powerful setting to change the word speed, size and color.
        • Supports some advanced setting like skip over “stopwords” which convey no additional meaning to the sentence (i.e. ‘the’,’an’,etc).
        • Supports bookmarklet version.

        Cons:

        • Unable to spreed by one-click; all material needs to be copied and pasted to certain area.
        • Unable to choose different fonts.

        4. Acceleread Speed Reading Trainer (for iPhone and iPad)

        Installation Tips: search in App Store with the name or download here directly.

        Screenshot Introduction:

        There are 10 lessons for readers to familiarize themselves with the theology behind reading. The best part is the training center, in which 5 different tools, like Diamond Highlighter, are provided along with the main features.

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          Pros:
          • Monitor training results.
          • Creative highlighting tools.
          • Customizable personal file reading.
          • Explains the science behind speed reading and trains you to do it.

          Cons:

          • Mainly training tools; unable to spreed the article online.
          • Too many guidelines and explanation.

          5. 7SpeedReading (for Win and Mac)

          Installation Tips: Download via different OS versions; supports Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS. The official site will auto-recognize OS.

          Screenshot Introduction:

          This is a totally independent application. After you open it, you can create an account to log in to personal courses. Because it supports multiple users, your family members can use the same tool by logging in to different accounts. There are 6 chapters for Step-By-Step Success, which focuses on Speed reading essentials, eye and body health, eye warm-ups, tripling your reading speed, advanced training and testing yourself. After finish this part, users can move to Power Access, which has 7 parts. The best part of 7SpeedReading is that it helps you reach your full speed reading potential.

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            Pros:
            • Comprehensive training courses.
            • Multiple options for different demands.
            • Advanced and healthy training theology.
            • Supports any file format: PDF, Email, and so on.
            • Support various operating systems.

            Cons:

            • Complicated.
            • Paid service.

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            Last Updated on February 15, 2019

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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