Tachistoscope principle

Tachistoscope is the device that launched the speedreading training in late 1930s.Tachistoscope is derived from the Greek words ‘tachys’ meaning swift and ‘skopion’ meaning instrument for viewing or observing. The device projects a series of images onto a screen at rapid speed to test visual perception, memory, and learning. Most tachistoscopes were designed to allow […]

Eye span

Our eye muscles are limited. If we were to focus on each word that we read, we would not be able to read above 600wpm and then we would suffer a huge headache and eyestrain. Students who try to push reading speed without learning saccades often complain that the words become blurry and they cannot […]


Unlike other processes we use (visualization, memorization, skimming, analysis, time-management strategies), the actual speedreading is a pretty straight-forward process.  We assume that You have already encoded all the names, dates and other dense stuff within the paragraph in prereading and the relevant markers are readily available to be used. The text is averagely dense, cannot […]

Subliminal reading

Some people (including me) generate visual markers without actual visualization. The symptomatic of subliminal reading is very interesting. By following reading speed, eye motion, association creation, reading progress and some other criteria both Anna and me can tell that the student uses visual processing of the text. The student reads fast and retains very well. […]

Saccades, skimming and scanning

While the basic reading technique includes saccades, not everybody is sufficiently comfortable with saccading eye motion. There is a large amount of literature of scanning and skimming for specific purposes as complementary to reading. Specifically you can use both skimming and scanning for prereading, but also you can use the characteristic eye motion of skimming […]

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