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Speed Reading Diploma Course

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The Speed Reading Diploma Course provides instruction in speed reading techniques, with a full range of approaches in improving reading speed and increasing comprehension. The result of learning these techniques is that students will be able to gain extra focus and control, which will aid in academia, professional life, business, and personal development.

Each module of the course is set up to align students with clearly set, real-world goals, achieved by working through and regularly practicing techniques. These start early on in the course and continue through, enabling constant practice. To ensure students gain understanding and get results, the course includes worksheets and practice exercises, and key concepts are illustrated with examples throughout.

What You'll Learn from the Speed Reading Diploma Course

This course guides you through 9 comprehensive modules:

  1. What is Speed reading?
  2. Becoming A Speed Reader
  3. How to Begin?
  4. Step One: Prepare
  5. Step Two: Preview
  6. Step Three: Read
  7. Step Four: Skimming
  8. Drills
  9. Course Overview

The 1st module of the course gives students a thorough introduction to speed reading, providing definitions and stating its significance in various aspects of life, as well as giving a brief history of the subject, with information on its advocates, researchers, and place in contemporary life. A case study of a speed-reading student is presented here, to give readers an understanding of the learning experience.

Additionally, this module details the advantages gained by learning speed reading and applications for these skills. The module rounds out by giving students an understanding of the trade-off between speed and comprehension, and how to decide which is the most important at which times.

The learning curve of the Speed Reading Diploma Course will be different for each individual. Module 2 explains the key factors influencing the learning curve of this course, but that no matter the initial starting level, with a reasonable amount of time designated and consistent effort, almost anyone can become a speed reader. This module will help students understand their own goals for the course.

With students having a better understanding of the subject, module 3 runs through the steps involved in speed reading. This sequential progression provides the blueprint for cultivating a full understanding of speed reading. Here students are asked to select their own goals for the course, so that they may measure results as the course progresses.

Module 4 of the Speed Reading Diploma Course is all about preparing to learn. This takes students through how best to prepare their study area and mindset, along with listing the equipment needed for the course (nothing too expensive is needed, just pens, pencils, highlighters, a stopwatch, etc.).

The 5th module hones in on the ‘Preview’ speed reading technique. This teaches students how to preview texts for a quick overview of the main points. The importance of previewing texts and how to get the maximum value from this skill before reading the entire text is underlined here, and followed by two practice texts for students to use, to test their understanding of successful previewing.

Module 6 of the Speed Reading Course is about taking the techniques learned and practicing them through hands-on exercises. This takes students through timing their reading, with and without using the techniques learned, and checking gains in speed, whilst retaining comprehension. The idea here is to allows students to really get to grips with the concepts used in speed reading. Also described here is how to adapt to various texts, knowing when to slow down to gain comprehension with complex texts or speed up to get through other texts quicker.

Another technique, ‘Skimming’ is explained in module 7. This is explained beyond that of the usual use of the term, as it includes how to use annotation to make it quicker to skim text again and using repetition to make gains. The course takes this concept further, teaching how to improve comprehension further, and culminates in 3 practice passages, to work through, using the methods taught.

Module 8 of the Speed Reading Diploma Course is all about concretizing the concepts and techniques explained in the course, with a series of practices, drills, and quick-fire exercises, followed by comprehension questions.

The final module provides a summary of the course’s mains points and what has been learnt. The module, and the course, concludes with expert advice on how to continue to make improvements in speed reading.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Speed Reading Course is something everyone who reads, for study, work, or pleasure, can benefit from. With commitment to the course, you will learn an invaluable skill that can help in many aspects of life, especially in aiding your ability to learn other subjects in a timely manner.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Speed Reading Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

I - Introduction and Background Knowledge


Module 1: What is Speed reading?

  • Speed Reading and Its Relevance
  • Understanding Speed Reading by Looking at a Case Study
  • Advantages of Speed Reading
  • Application of Speed Reading
  • Trade-offs in Speed Reading
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 2: Becoming A Speed Reader

  • Who Can Become a Speed Reader?
  • Factors That Determine the Learning Time
    • Initial Level
    • Familiarity with the language
    • Experience in reading
    • Number of hours spent reading each day
    • Reading Habit
    • Employed speed reading tactics
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

II - Learning Speed Reading

Module 3: How to Begin?

  • The Steps for Teaching Speed Reading
  • Identify Your Goals
  • Diversity of Approaches to Reading
  • Pre-Test
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 4: Step One: Prepare

  • Organising The Reading Material
    • Start with Practicing on Easy Material
    • Know The Purpose of Reading
    • Take Notes
    • Keep Log of How Well You Are Doing
    • Steps to Follow During Reading
    • Make Checklists
  • Tools for Speed Reading
    • A Practice Book
    • Blank pages or sheets
    • Pencil/pen (Visual Guides)
    • Foot ruler
    • Timer (stop watch or clock)
    • Pocket folder
  • The Correct Mindset
    • Avoid Negative Influences
    • Stay Motivated
    • Don't Be Too Hard On Yourself
    • Practice, Practice, Practice
    • Try Not to Subvocalize While Reading
    • Use Pacers
    • Goal Setting
  • Removing Distractions
    • External distractions
    • Internal distractions
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 5: Step Two: Preview

  • How to Preview
  • Two Practice Examples
    • Example 1. Internal Combustion Engine
    • Example 2. Exploring the Ocean Floor
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 6: Step Three: Read

  • The First Read
  • Timing the Process
  • Repeat Until the Goal is Reached
  • Identifying the Nature of the Text
  • Types of Texts and Speed Reading
  • Keep Focus While Reading
  • Annotations
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 7: Step Four: Skimming

  • Skim Annotations
  • Discussing with Yourself
  • Practice Example
    • Passage one
    • Passage two
    • Passage three
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

III - Practice Exercises and Conclusion

Module 8: Drills

  • Five Practice Passages
    • Exercise 1. Sculpture Techniques
    • Exercise 2. Surrealism as a Cultural Movement
    • Exercise 3. History of the Printing Press
    • Exercise 4. Software Development Methods
    • Exercise 5. Existentialist Philosophers
  • Comprehension Questions
    • Questions for Exercise 1. Sculpture Techniques
    • Questions for Exercise 2. Surrealism as a Cultural Movement
    • Questions for Exercise 3. History of the Printing Press
    • Questions for Exercise 4. Software Development Methodologies
    • Questions for Exercise 5. Existentialism
  • Summary

Module 9: Course Overview

  • What we have learnt about Speed Reading?
  • Expert Advice
  • Next Steps
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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