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Speed Reading Software Freeware

If you want to improve your reading speed, but don’t want to shed the big bucks doing so, then you might look into a free speed-reading software.

There are several free speed-reading software on the market. The problem is that the old adage “you get what you pay for” is absolutely true. The majority of all free speed-reading software utilize only flash-reading as a means to teach speed-reading. Flash reading is when the program flashes text on the screen for the user to read. It trains the user’s brain to recognize text quickly. This may sound like a reasonable or even optimal tool for teaching speed-reading however, it is not. The problem with flash reading is that it teaches the user to read quickly, but does not teach the user to read quickly while comprehending the text. Meaning, the user cannot understand or remember what they just read. Practically, this causes the individual to go back and re-read the text over and over again. This means that in essence, the individual would be reading slower, and not faster.

A good speed-reading software will work on the user’s speed as well as their comprehension. The way to go about this is to teach the user valuable skills in addition to flash reading. Flash reading is beneficial in that it trains the eyes to “catch” text quickly however, without supplemental skills it is useless. None of the free speed-reading programs offer anything more than flash reading.

There are various speed-reading programs on the market. In order to find a good speed-reading program, first be sure that the program makes realistic claims. Some programs claim to have you reading at 2000 words per minute (wpm). Not only is this far-fetched, but it’s downright impossible.

Secondly, make sure that the program does not focus strictly on speed, but also on reading comprehension. The program should be completely holistic and aim to improve your eye strength and optic nerves, as well as your brain’s information processing speed.

Of course, sitting down and just reading text is absolutely boring and dull. In fact, if you are an auditory or visual learner (as most people are) such an approach will leave you frustrated. It is important that the software you choose have different types of activities to teach you speed-reading. The more the variety, the better. If the software contains video training, or games then that will be a very useful tool for you.

Finally, it is important that a speed-reading software be able to track your progress. How will you know if the software is working if you do not see your starting speed and ending speed? Most free speed-reading software do not track the user’s progress, and that is indeed problematic.

In the end, the software chosen to help improve your reading speed should be an all-inclusive software. The software should not only focus on reading speed, but should also work on improving your reading comprehension. The software should be interactive and user-friendly, and should track your progress. None of the free speed-reading software on the market have all these features available.