Speed Reading Logs

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Stream for speed reading stats ( speed, comments on comprehension and qualitative updates )

INIT : Sat Apr 10 10:16:32 IST 2021 (PINNED)

  • initialized speed reading logs
  • following “Breakthrough Rapid Reading” by Peter Kump
  • practicing daily from 18:00 to 18:45, logging the details from 18:45 onwards
  • evaluation metrics :
    1. WPM : words per min
    2. RI : Retention index (fraction of major ideas retained - subjective)
      • REVISED TO AN INDICATOR VARIABLE DUE TO EXTENT OF AMBIGUITY
      • from 7th of MAY 2021
      • REFILED as : RECALL ATTEMPT INDICATOR - indicates whether that run was recall oreinted

Progress

Date WPM (representative HM) (RI) –> RAI
Fri May 7 20:43:21 IST 2021 1367.00 1
Tue May 4 22:36:22 IST 2021 1412.00 (– ) –> 0
Fri Apr 30 19:44:20 IST 2021 1612.00 (– ) –> 0
Wed Apr 28 21:07:03 IST 2021 1372.00 (0.60) –> 1
Tue Apr 27 20:17:54 IST 2021 1958.00 (– ) –> 0
Mon Apr 26 21:01:37 IST 2021 (– ) –> 0
Fri Apr 23 20:07:29 IST 2021 1210.00 (– ) –> 0
Tue Apr 20 19:17:45 IST 2021 1240.00 (0.72) –> 1
Sun Apr 18 19:32:42 IST 2021 995.00 (0.66) –> 1
Thu Apr 15 20:00:19 IST 2021 1311.00 (– ) –> 0
Wed Apr 14 18:47:11 IST 2021 827.00 (– ) –> 0
Tue Apr 13 18:49:38 IST 2021 689.58 (– ) –> 0
Mon Apr 12 18:31:30 IST 2021 366.00 (0.50) –> 1

Practice Logs

Fri May 7 20:47:31 IST 2021

  • gotta pickup the habit before I lose it again (this is my second attempt with the book)
  • one recall oriented drill clocked in @ 1367 wpm
  • might double down on the sessions to get this over with quickly : 30 min sessions - twice a day

Fri Apr 30 19:45:12 IST 2021

  • an assortment of mechanical tips were introduced today
    • dusting movement introduced
    • how to relax a (paperback) book : useful
    • how to turn a page
  • done with set of drills for week 2, progressing to week 3
    • took me 18 days : fair enough
  • 1 practice session@1612 wpm sans RI
  • need to keep on pushing through
    • does get boring at times

Wed Apr 28 21:08:03 IST 2021

  • Amping up the difficulty of the practice material
  • picked up some abbreviation heavy management textbooks from my Dad’s old MBA stack
  • 1 final speed drill@1372wpm and RI (0.60)
    • RI is not a very good metric
    • rely on subjective analysis
  • Did scan the upcoming chapters of the book and they seem practical
    • this is not a magic trick
    • some disciplined practice is what it takes : that is good.

Tue Apr 27 20:18:19 IST 2021

  • setting up the meta-base for future comprehension drills
    • one representative run @1958 wpm without RI
    • one para-hunting session @ 22 paras
  • speed drills getting a little more enjoyable
  • fairly strong habit by now but still need to choose to get drilling
    • need to learn how to daemonize these skills without much lack of awareness

Mon Apr 26 21:01:37 IST 2021

  • comprehension drills: using recall
  • no speed runs
  • new recall strategy being employed : referred as “The Magic Line” by the author
  • new para-hunting drills employed : figure out the gist of as many randomly selected paragraphs in 5 mins
    • introducing new log in Progress : 15 today

Fri Apr 23 20:08:04 IST 2021

  • practiced maintaining high speed on new material and in a normal reading environment

Tue Apr 20 19:18:01 IST 2021

  • Comprehension on a steady rise
  • current evaluation is very lenient but somewhat uniform
    • how does one fixate on a particular level of astuteness consistently?
  • 1 drilling session resulting in 1 min read @ 1240wpm and one discourse about having a purpose when reading
    • the more clearly defined the purpose, the better
    • key is to match the correct technique with the material depending on the purpose

Sun Apr 18 19:33:08 IST 2021

  • Comprehension drills incorporated today:
    • involves varying speed corresponding to the structure of the text
    • mostly shifting modes of confirmation of knowns and scanning new information
    • more fun than the usual speed drilling :
      • enhances reading as a non-linear process and is easier to focus through out
        • compared to a consistent effort of maintaining speed and inferring things at the same time
    • Retention index incorporated back and things are getting exciting
    • as expected, the speed dropped but the improvement is going to be cyclic and decoupled so that’s all well

Thu Apr 15 20:00:42 IST 2021

  • drilling time : learning to move fast : RI is out of the picture right now
  • lot of drills and one representative run of 1 min @ 1311 wpm
  • seems odd and feel like a cheat but the author reinstates that drilling should be specific to either speed or comprehension
  • also trying to minimize sub-vocalization and instead start seeing words : building an instantaneous context about a prominent word/phrase in the locality

Wed Apr 14 18:47:41 IST 2021

  • focusing on eliminating regressions and getting used to the right hand as a pacer
  • still not focusing on retention index yet: that has of course taken a temporary hit
    • but the key is to drill these two aspects orthogonally
  • also tried reducing the number of saccades by trying to increase the number of words left out in the beginning and the end of the line
    • this is particularly difficult : have a habit of reading all words
    • occasionally, slips do occur and reinforcing form from the next line is what it’ll take to forge the new habit
  • larger drill session today : four three minute untested runs on the same material to encourage carelessness and practice speed
    • final tested run on new material for three minutes @ 827 wpm, RI not applicable

Tue Apr 13 18:50:03 IST 2021

  • no comprehension evals today : hence RI wasn’t Applicable
  • two runs: 707 and 673 wpm
    • using harmonic mean as representative wpm : 689.58
    • these are rates and arithmetic mean is not appropriate
    • will similarly be using geometric mean for retention index in the future
      • as it’s a ratio
  • using right hand index finger as pacer
    • helps eliminate regressions
    • author encourages to do this everywhere while picking up the skill
      • seems inconvenient given the book is old
  • not focusing on retention index today

Mon Apr 12 18:29:03 IST 2021

  • gauging baseline, no specific techniques employed
  • Baseline Eval:
    1. WPM : 366 wpm
    2. RI : 0.5

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