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Speed reading Programs

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by quiksilver87, May 12, 2007.

  1. quiksilver87

    quiksilver87 10+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Ive found many programs that claim to improve your reading speed and comprehension. Has anyone tried any? Do you think its a good idea?
    A famous one is called EyeQ...I also found one on ebay...
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  3. quiksilver87

    quiksilver87 10+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    any one???!?!?!
  4. Maxprime

    Maxprime Higgs chaser 5+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    I would check the "too good to be true" box for these.

    People rarely do things like read, especially under timed conditions, at a pace slower than their fastest.

    I took a speed reading course in high school. I can read ~600 words per minute, but my analytical comprehension goes to hell. It works for a novel where you can just hum along & read a story or a magazine article. But if you don't slow down and understand ideas tying together multiple thoughts on the verbal, you won't do well on the questions. In my experience, speed readers can easily tell you what happened in a story, but don't stop to tie in why someone did something or how a character evolved over a novel. I haven't timed myself on how quickly I read the MCAT verbal, but I know for a fact that it's much slower than "speed reading". There's enough time to read the passages - just not much extra.

    For the PS section, I tend to be much tighter on time and I have a good PS background so I speed through those passages. But this is just because I know how condensers work and don't need a paragraph giving me vague details about it. If you have time, read in detail - when time gets tight, do what you must.

    The only tip that can improve speed and possibly not hurt comprehension is to NOT read out loud - don't say the words in your head. People comfortably hear words being read at about 150 wpm, but you can definitely understand a much faster rate of information. Regardless, you're not going to get over 350 or 400 and truly keep comprehension at 100%, it's just not possible. With passages at 600 words, reading at 600 wpm vs. 300 is going to save you a minute per passage - not very useful compared to comprehension.
  5. quiksilver87

    quiksilver87 10+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    I was thinking the exact same thing! Its just that these programs claim to also improve your reading comprehension. I guess I should have went with my intuition. I really suck at verbal and was hoping this was a good way out!
  6. CATallergy

    CATallergy 2+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    I think reading improvement takes a lot of practice. It's a matter of training yourself to process language in new ways.

    as an example of more efficient reading technique - could you read three or more lines at once, mentally reconstructing the words into sentences as you go? could you do it with practice - of course, but it take a LOT of practice before you could rival your current reading speed, and then even more practice to go even faster. ultimately, you'll read much faster than now, but forgot about this as an MCAT strategy.
  7. quiksilver87

    quiksilver87 10+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Ok, thank you all for your input! You make good points...however...
    There is an ebay listing of a program that is GUARANTEED to improve your score on an MCAT(the listing says that it also improves your reading comprehension along with your reading speed)...Even if you dont like the product you can send it back...
    I think it is against the rules to post a link, so just search for keywords MCAT improved score.
    What do you think? anyone tried it? It looks so damn tempting :mad:
    And btw, this thing is not a program...it is a video...
  8. scotties123

    scotties123 GrandMacDaddy 10+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    about 10 million things GUARENTEE to raise ur mcat score. if it were true, then everyone wud be getting 45T. i think regular ol' book studyin is enuff. just practice verbal till u get the flow of it. it happens on its own after time.
  9. abbylearn


    May 14, 2007
    As a natural health medical student AND expert in speed reading, I'll tell yu waht I can. The EyeQ method is well-publicized but I'm not confident it will work. If they have a 30-day return policy, you can buy it and check it out. If you don't like it, return it and get your money back.

    Let me know if I can answer any of your questions!

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