I’ve seen a lot of people wondering if speed reading actually exists or not : i.e. Is it possible to both speed-read stuff and remain at a decent level of comprehension ?
I used to practise speed reading and my conclusion has been that it definitely exists - but it didn’t only make me read quicker, but it also raised my comprehension, since I usually read way too slowly to pay attention, which makes me unable to remember much of what I read. The fact that it goes so quickly elevates my attention to a much better level, which has for consequence to make me recall better.
Now, I noticed that nobody tried to couple memory techniques with speed-reading techniques. Wouldn’t it be interesting for all of us to develop a system which would couple those two things ? It could function as a “strategy” that focuses on a few specific things of our reading that we would remember (using association techniques, for example) - and this specific information, when ordered, could function as a “journey” through the document.
I’ve seen people questionning the idea of people having an “eidetic memory”. What about if “eidetic memory” is not just some sort of “natural” (done unconsciously) coupling of memory techniques and speed-reading techniques ?
- What information of any given document (book, article, etc) should we recall in priority ?
- What techniques should we use to recall the different types of information ?
- Should we try to recall quantitative data by using a specific technique ?
- Should we use space repetition in order to recall the whole content of what we’ve read ? And how to do so in the case of books which are hundreds of pages ?