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Should I take a speed reading course

Should I take a speed reading course
« on: May 22, 2007, 04:45:34 PM »
When it comes to the LSAT, I have to constantly re-read as I suffer from sever anxiety.  This slows me down quite a bit.  After taking and cancelling the LSAT that I took last September I came up with the idea of taking a speed reading course to help boost my reading speed to save time on the LSAT.  Does anybody here think that it would really help me on the LSAT?  If so, what are some good resources I could use to boost my reading/comprehension speed (web sites, books, software/CDs?)? Thank You in advanced.

Re: Should I take a speed reading course
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2007, 04:58:47 PM »
I was actually wanting it for the LR section as well.  When I took the Sep test I didn't finish the LR section because I kept having to reread.

Re: Should I take a speed reading course
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2007, 04:59:35 PM »
no

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Re: Should I take a speed reading course
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2007, 05:05:39 PM »
Im done with LSAT, but I got this advice before I start law school... would a speed reading course really help me out for LS?

Re: Should I take a speed reading course
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2007, 05:28:53 PM »
I'm using the Eye-Q computer program (google it). Personally, it's helped me out a lot because I used to have trouble finishing RC and LR in time. But be careful, with any speed-reading program you have to focus on actually remembering what you read (not just blazing through words as fast as you can). What makes it even tougher for the LSAT is that you also have to understand argument strucutre while under time constraints. Your speed for doing this will rise, though, just not as fast as your WPM.

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Re: Should I take a speed reading course
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2007, 06:04:10 PM »
I'm using the Eye-Q computer program (google it). Personally, it's helped me out a lot because I used to have trouble finishing RC and LR in time. But be careful, with any speed-reading program you have to focus on actually remembering what you read (not just blazing through words as fast as you can). What makes it even tougher for the LSAT is that you also have to understand argument strucutre while under time constraints. Your speed for doing this will rise, though, just not as fast as your WPM.

agreed - given the emphasis of RC on actually understanding/critiquing what you've read, speed reading could actually be detrimental. it seems more worthwhile to focus on your anxiety. maybe reading the questions before the section would help you focus.

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Re: Should I take a speed reading course
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2007, 08:04:42 PM »
Has it occurred to anyone that the problem is reading too fast? I mean, you say you have to reread everything; have you tried slowing down?

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Re: Should I take a speed reading course
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2007, 08:11:08 PM »
For the RC I'd definitely say no. You don't have short time, as long as you read efficiently.

Even in general, I've had a few friends trying different types of speed reading techniques, and they've been pretty much unison about it being a scam or at the very least a waste of time and money.

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Re: Should I take a speed reading course
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2007, 08:04:09 AM »
Has it occurred to anyone that the problem is reading too fast? I mean, you say you have to reread everything; have you tried slowing down?

Bingo. I had the exact same issue as you. I slowed down, and made sure to focus on what I was reading. As a result, my speed *and* accuracy have both dramatically increased. Right now, my LR and RC scores are the only things going for me with this test.

One way to make this approach work for you is to physically place your finger or pencil eraser under the word you are reading. It will help you focus.

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Re: Should I take a speed reading course
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2007, 09:06:53 AM »
I would definitely discourage speed reading on the LSAT. Like others have said, you need to understand argument structure for RC.

However, I would encourage you to learn how to speed up your reading for law school. When you have to crank through a 100 pages of reading in a night, reading fast comes in handy.

You don't have to spend on money on expensive speed reading courses. Check out zapreader.com. It's an on-line FREE speed reading program. All you do is copy and paste the text you want to read, and Zap reader will flash words on the screen at varying words per minute. Do this a few minutes a day, and you'll train your eyes and brain to read more quickly. I've used flash with my cases for class a few times last year. I'd just get on Westlaw, bring up the assigned case, copy and paste it and Zap Reader, and cranked it out.