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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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            How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

            How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

            Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

            Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

            Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

            In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

            1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

            A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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            If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

            2. Fix Your Posture

            If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

            Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

            3. Hold Your Posture

            It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

            Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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            4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

            The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

            Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

            So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

            5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

            Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

            6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

            Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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            Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

            7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

            The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

            Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

            8. Practice, Practice, Practice

            Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

            Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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            9. Check out Some Online Games

            There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

            10. Dictation Practice

            If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

            11. Monitor Your Progress

            Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

            12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

            There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

            Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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