1. Tired eyes and / or headaches?
    Occasionally people comment about this at the start of the exercises. When one reads word by word, one's eyes often backskip, sometimes even more than once on a single line. This involves many small eye muscle movements which is very tiring. The speed practice exercises require the eyes to get used to seeing words very much faster, which can sometimes seem bewildering, creating mental tension. Just relax and let your eyes just watch the page in general as you practice.
  2. Is it difficult to learn?
    Not at all. The technique is surprisingly simple. Even children from the age of 10 can begin applying the principles. In fact, it is easier for them because they do not have the analytical, skeptical mindset of some adults.
  3. Why does it seem difficult?
    It may seem so at first, having to unlearn old, slow habits, but like any physical skill, it requires a measure of patience while practising to gain confidence.
  4. How much practising does one need to do?
    That depends of several factors like how fast do you need to read, the type of material, the volumes of reading requiremnts, the purpose for reading, the level of comprehension required, and one's personality and approach.Many people think they need to spend a lot of time practising. This is not always so.
  5. What is the average reading speed?
    Most people read between 200 - 300 words per minute. Having trained many thousands of people, I estimate about 1% read between 400 - 800, and only 5 people have started the course at 1000 words per minute.
  6. How fast is it possible to read?
    Virtually as fast as one can see, or as fast as one can turn the pages. Confirmed and verified claims have been recorded in excess of 100 000 words per minute. But that is exceptional. Most people are happy to read 3-5 x faster in a relatively short space of time.
  7. Can speed reading be used for non-fiction, technical material?
    Very definitely yes. This is for all work and study material except for pure maths and perhaps poetry. ReadFast will increase all your reading speeds at least 2 - 5 times faster. The more important the information is the more important it is to use fast, efficient reading techniques for better comprehension and recall.
  8. Won't it spoil enjoyment of a novel?
    Not really. Depending on your purpose, whether you wish to savour the details of language, mood and thoughts, or just want the action, you will read at the speed you are comforable with. There is a time to read fast and a time to read slowly. When reading the words on a page, the mind conjures up visuals, like watching a movie in one's mind.
  9. I'm worried about losing comprehension
    Comprehension is important. Your reading speed is determined by the material and the level of comprehension you require. You need to be flexible. Speed thinking practising is not reading or comprehending. It is simply to get the mind super-fast focused first, so that when you read for comrehension, you will be faster and with better recall. There is no 100% comprehension, certainly only rarely on a first time read.
  10. Is it skimming?
    Yes, but the perception of skimming is that one goes very fast, picks up a few bits and pieces, and misses the rest. ReadFast speed thinking practising trains the eyes and mind to see, and get the rest. At first it is almost entirely subconsciously imprinted in the mind, but as the process continues, the conscious mind begins to put things more and more together, until one is reading at speed, with the required level of comprehension.
  11. Can it be used for proof-reading or editing?
    Yes. It is essential for such important material, requiring such accuracy, that the speed practice exercise is done first, and then attention to detail when reading will be at least double the speed than before.