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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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            Published on September 20, 2018

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

            Minimizing Tabs

            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

            Incognito Mode

            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

            Save Webpages as PDF Files

            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

            Open Recently-closed Tabs

            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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            Solve Mathematical Problems

            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

            Play Media Files

            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

            Stay Focus(e)d

            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

            Grammarly for Editing

            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

            Loom

            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

            Chrome Calendar Extension

            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

            Final Thoughts

            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

            Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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