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Speed reading, anyone ?
The need for speed
recent years, the volume of reading materials pouring off the international
presses is simply staggering. Not only are we confronted with information
in the printed form but we also have to deal with it in the digital
form. At the same time, the necessity to read for study and work just
keep on rising. The conclusion - something needs to be done to meet
this rising flood.
A case of life & death
reading is one of the techniques put forward as a possible answer
to the publication explosion. Though it is applied under less-than-fatal
situations, its roots are anything but. Speed reading grew from information
developed by the US Air Force. Air Force tacticians had noticed that
while in flight, some pilots were unable to differentiate planes seen
at a distance. During combat, this could spell the difference between
life and death. Hence, they developed a machine called a tachistoscope
to help remedy this diability.
tachistoscope is simply a device that flashes images for varying instants
of time onto a large screen. They started by flashing large pictures
of friendly and enemy planes at very slow exposures and then gradually
shortened the exposure while decreasing the size of the image seen.
Surprisingly, they found that with training, the average person was
able to distinguish almost speck-like pictures of different planes
when the images had been flashed on the screen for only one five-hundreth
of a second.
More than meets the eye
this experiment, it was evident that the human eye has far greater
perceptual ability than previously suspected. They later decided to
apply this discovery to reading. Using the same device and process,
they first flashed one large word for as long as five seconds on a
screen, gradually reducing the size of the word and shortening the
duration of the flash. This they were able to do until they were flashing
four words simultaneously on a screen for one five-hundredth of a
second, and were still able to obtain recognition. Speed reading was
thus born and to this day, many courses teaching it still retain elements
of tachistoscopic training.
Underperformers, the lot of us
regular tachistocopic training, almost all readers can increase their
reading speed from an average of two hundred words per minute to an
average of four hundred words per minute. However, when they halted
the training, the majority of these fast-readers dissapointingly regressed
back to their previous levels a few weeks later. In fact, the normal
range of reading ability is from approximately two hundred to four
hundred words per minute. Most people operate at the lowest level
of this range. The elevated reading ability observed during the speed
reading course had actually little to do with the tachistocopic training,
but was more a result of motivation being eked out over a period of
weeks and of readers' reaching the top of their normal range. The
tachistocopic training had not redrawn our natural limits as human
beings. In reality, we were the ones who had been underperforming
Speeding kills ... comprehension
goes without saying that reading fast is pointless unless you understand
and retain what you read. Research has actually shown that reading
far above your level of comfort hinders comprehension and retention.
On the other hand, reading far below your normal speed is similarly
detrimental as well. For at such slow speeds, one tends to dwell on
the individual words and misses the overall meaning alltogether. Therefore,
speed reading should not focus merely on going fast, but instead on
building up the normal operating speed that a reader is comfortable
at. That way, factual comprehension and retention are not compromised
for the sake of speed.
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(1) Tuition - Tutelage, the act of tutoring or teaching a student (pupil); Fees paid for instruction (especially for higher education). In Malaysia, tuition is more popularly used to denote tutoring rather than fee. Common Malaysian misspellings: Tiution, Tution. *(BM): Tuisyen, Tiusyen, Tusyen, Tuisen, Tiusen, Tuisyan, Tiusyan, Tusyan. |
(2) Home Tuition - Tutoring that takes place at students' or tutors' home as opposed to at tuition centers; Also: Home Tutoring, Private Tuition, Private Tutoring. *(BM): Tuisyen Di Rumah, Tuisyen Swasta. |
(3) Personal Tuition - Tutoring on the basis of one tutor catering to one student. Also: Personal Tutoring, Individual Tuition, Individual Tutoring, One-to-one Tuition, 1-to-1 Tutoring, One-to-one Tutoring, 1-to-1 Tuition. *(BM): Tuisyen Peribadi, Tuisyen Persendirian, Tuisyen Perseorangan, Tuisyen Individu. |
(4) Group Tuition - Tutoring on the basis of one tutor catering to several (small number, but more than one) students. Also: Small Group Tuition, Small Class Tuition, Group Tutoring, Small Group Tutoring, Small Class Tutoring. *(BM): Tuisyen Berkumpulan, Tuisyen Kumpulan Kecil, Tuisyen Kelas Kecil. |
(5) Tutors - Tuition Teachers, persons who conduct tuition. In Malaysia, teacher is more popularly used to denote a school teacher whereas tutor usually means a non-school teacher. Also: Tiutors, Tuitors. *(BM): Guru Sekolah, Cikgu Sekolah, Pengajar Tuisyen, Guru Tuisyen, Cikgu Tuisyen. |
(6) Home Tutors - Tutors who provide home tuition as opposed to those who teach at tuition centres. Also: Private Tutors, Personal Tutors, Individual Tutors, One-to-one Tutors, 1-to-1 Tutors, Group Tutors, Small Group Tutors, Private Teachers, Personal Teachers, Individual Teachers, One-to-one Teachers, 1-to-1 Teachers, Group Teachers, Small Group Teachers, Private Tuition Teachers, Personal Tuition Teachers, Individual Tuition Teachers, One-to-one Tuition Teachers, 1-to-1 Tuition Teachers, Group Tuition Teachers, Small Group Tuition Teachers. *(BM): Pengajar Di Rumah, Pengajar Swasta, Pengajar Peribadi, Pengajar Persendirian, Pengajar Perseorangan, Guru Di Rumah, Guru Swasta, Guru Peribadi, Guru Persendirian, Guru Perseorangan, Cikgu Di Rumah, Cikgu Swasta, Cikgu Peribadi, Cikgu Persendirian, Cikgu Perseorangan. |
(7) Tuition Centers - Private institutions that conduct tuition on classroom-like settings. Also: Tuition Centres, Tutorial Centers, Tutorial Centres, Tuition Classes, Tutorial Classes, Tutoring Classes. *(BM): Pusat Tuisyen, Pusat Bimbingan, Pusat Tutorial, Kelas Tuisyen. |
(8) Home Tuition Jobs - Home tuition vacancies; Posts to be filled by home tutors. Also: Private Tuition Jobs, Home Tutoring Jobs, Private Tutoring Jobs, Home Tuition Assignments, Private Tuition Assignments, Home Tutoring Assignments, Private Tutoring Assignments, Private Tuition Vacancies, Home Tutoring Vacancies, Private Tutoring Vacancies. *(BM): Jawatan Kosong Tuisyen, Pekerjaan Tuisyen, Kerja Tuisyen, Tugasan Tuisyen. |
(9) Home Tutees - Home tuition students; Pupils receiving home tuition from home tutors. *(BM): Pelajar Tuisyen, Murid Tuisyen, Penuntut Tuisyen. |
*(BM) denotes terms in Bahasa Melayu or Malay Language.