TITLE : Read Better Faster
AUTHOR : Debbie Drum
GENRE : Non-Fiction, Self-Help
FR RATING : ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4 Stars)
DATE OF PUBLISHING : August 1st 2017
DISCLAIMER : Thank you, TCK publishing for providing me with an ARC of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily.
I remember seeing this title on TCK publisher’s website and thought to myself that this would be a great book to add to my TBR, as I am a voracious reader and would love to increase my reading speed without losing my comprehension. I have tried a few techniques in speed reading to see if it works for me, and some that worked better than the others. While the methods discussed are quite similar from program to program, it’s always important to keep in mind that not every solution might work for us, and trying out different things to get the ultimate technique that works for us is the key.
Read Better Faster by Debbie Drum is a fairly short book that talks about becoming a faster reader by following the BuzzRead method. The ultimate goal that the reader hopes to achieve after reading the book is to increase/improve the reading speed, eliminate the sub-vocalization, strengthen your eye muscles, retain the information you read thereby increasing your comprehension and also increase your knowledge. The goals set out before the introduction of the BuzzRead method give the readers an understanding of what to expect from the book from the get-go.
The writing is straightforward and the author starts off by setting up the basics and foundations to work on the reading speed. We are introduced to the different learning methods and this will help the reader figure out their learning style to help with their reading. This method is going to be highly beneficial for people who prefer a mix of auditory and visual learning methods. The process of visualization is crucial to the BUzzRead Method. We are also taken through different reasons why people read slowly. This will help the readers figure out why they have been treading slowly. The author goes on to address if speed training programs work and will get us the preferred results. As with any technique, as a reader, we need to try and see if this method is for us as not everyone can find it useful or it might not work for them at all. The key is to find what works for us and keep on practicing until we get the desired outcome. Consistency is also important.
The technique of the BuzzRead Method is quite simple. This method only works on ebooks and you also need to have a device that supports TTS(Text to speech). The BuzzRead method is to follow along with the text of the book while listening to the device read the material to you. The pros of the method are that it is very simple and easy to try. However, the cons are you might not enjoy the robotic voice narrating the book, also while working with physical books, you might find it difficult to get an audiobook to go along with it. Having said that, for somebody who is starting out, this method is the least expensive one and easier to access as well. Debbie also provides screenshots to set up the devices to allow TTS and this is very much helpful if you are a newbie.
Overall, I personally think this is a good method to try out if you can handle the robotic voice narrating to you. I have done this before reading the book. It works in keeping my focus on the book rather than let it wander. I also think if you are someone who uses audiobooks quite frequently, combining it with the physical book always works better in improving your reading. I have found this to be quite beneficial and this is something I can attest to from my personal experience.
When it comes to Read Better Faster by Debbie Drum, the book did not give anything new to me but reiterated the same method that I have been using (audiobook + ebook/physical book combo reading technique). Do I think this book offers a technique that can be used for readers who are looking to improve their reading speed? Yes. Will this work for advanced readers? Maybe not. But, if you are someone who wants to get into reading and are finding it difficult to focus, then this would be a good place to start. If you are someone used to audiobooks, then this method might not work for you. Having said that see if the technique works for you and if it does keep on practicing to see if you have improved. I believe the technique is worth a try. If you are interested in knowing more definitely check this book out. It is a small book that covers the basics and gets to the point relatively quickly when compared to other non-fiction/self-help books. I am giving the book 4 stars. Make sure to check out the book and see if it’s something that will be advantageous to you.
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How to Read Faster and Remember More
When we were taught how to read growing up, we were taught to read slowly and focus on every single word. These poor reading habits hold us back, and it’s why so many people don’t enjoy reading.
You see, your brain is a lot like Goldilocks. When you read too slow, your mind wanders, you get distracted, and reading feels like a chore. When you try to read too fast, you can’t comprehend what you’re reading. The key is to read at the right speed using the best reading strategies for your learning type.
In this short read, you’ll discover proven strategies to read faster without having to:
Practice speed-reading techniques for hours and hours
Skim text and risk missing crucial information
Read cliff notes or shortened versions of a book
This book combines the best lessons from speed reading techniques, neuroscience, and modern technology to allow you to read faster and comprehend more than you ever thought possible—and you can start to see the results today!
Say Goodbye to Slow Reading Forever!
I was always a slow reader. I could never focus long enough to read an entire book. I often forgot what I had just read, and had to re-read sentences over and over again. Reading was a frustrating, slow, and painful experience, so I tried to make up for my poor reading skills by studying more and working harder.
But studying hard will only get you so far when you’re using the wrong strategies. I wanted to be able to read more, learn more, and, most importantly, remember more of what I was reading.
If you’ve quit reading more books than you can remember because of boredom or frustration, this book will change your life—and every book from now on will be a “quick read” for you.
Everything changed when I developed a better way to read entire books very fast…
Incredible Reading Results in 7 Days
I was able to read four large books in my first week of using these methods.
In Read Better Faster: How to Triple Your Reading Speed and Comprehension Without Speed Reading, Skimming, or Skipping you will discover:
The exact methods anyone can use to read books faster than you ever imagined
Never again struggle to finish a book, no matter how big or complex it is
Start reading (and finishing) more books your friends and colleagues recommend to you
How to guarantee laser-focused reading so you never have to re-read or forget what you just read
How to comprehend and retain everything you read using a method that forces your brain to turn what you read into long-term memory storage
How to accelerate your ability to learn more by reading faster and remembering more information than ever before
This book is perfect for you if:
You need to study for an exam, improve your grades, or do better in school
You need to learn new business skills to improve your career or company
You want to easily breeze through your favorite fiction books so you can enjoy reading even more
You’ve always wanted to read more books but just can’t find the time or struggle to get through a book
I encourage you to in.
Source : Goodreads