Speed Reading Essentials

A study by the University of California reveals that global information is doubling about every 3 years. While the rate of information growth is increasing at break-neck speed, more than 90% of us have not improved our reading speed since we left school.

The average reading speed of most adults hovers at around 200 words per minute. It is estimated by various organisations that the average person today needs a reading speed of 400 words per minute to be functionally literate. This one-day workshop will help you improve your reading speed by between 2 and 5 times.

Who should attend?

Executives and professionals who need to read a large quantity of books, articles and reference materials.


  • Be able to analyse your and others’ reading speed
  • Have increased reading speed while maintaining comprehension
  • Better manage your reading speed

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how your eyes and brain perform when reading
  • Discover five speed-reading techniques
  • Show improvement in your reading speed through practice

Course Outline

Factors Affecting Reading Speed

  • Why and what of Speed Reading
  • Factors affecting Reading Speed
  • Initial speed test


  • Which parts of your eyes detect words?
  • Reading for meaning
  • Practice

Use of Guides

  • How our eyes track words
  • Choice of guides
  • Practice

Fixation Time

  • How fast can you detect words?
  • Shortening fixation time
  • Practice

Back-Skipping and Regression

  • Preventing back-skipping and regression
  • Practice


  • Managing self-beliefs
  • Practice

Scanning and Browsing

  • Scanning procedures
  • Browsing procedures
  • Final practice and assessment

Course Information

Public Training Dates 2016
February 29 April 20 June 15
August 3 October 19 December 5

Length: 1 day, 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Venue: Professional Development Centre, Toa Payoh

Maximum group size: 16

Course Fees $636.65 (including GST)