In many studies of the reading process and the nature of linguistics, it has been established that the reader knows well over 90 percent of the words. It is therefore unnecessary to have to pronounce each of the words to oneself as you have already learned them.
Before comprehension can be understood we must understand the relative importance and unimportance of words. Words are signals that call forth a response in the deep-well “storage banks” of the minds. If the words stand alone, the response may be incomplete or erroneous. Words only stand for things we know. The larger the “word meaning group,” the more accurate and complete comprehension may become. As it is not possible to see large meaning groups at slow rates, the advantage of faster rates for building comprehension becomes apparent. You never have totally accurate comprehension until you have seen all the words. The idea, or the concept, gives the meaning to each word and delegates the relative significance of each word.
The Master Dynamic Speed Reader must also understand the function of the eye in reading. The eye is an extension of the brain. The delicate tissues of the brain must have some protection. The eye offers that protection. The eye makes it possible for the mind to receive image impressions from external sources. The eyes are to the mind what feelers are to an insect. The eyes are to the brain what antenna is to radar. The mind constantly tells you what is in front of you. Sight, in the sense of understanding, is in the brain. When you have mastered the Dynamic Reading method, your mind moves your eyes down the page searching for meaning.
There can be no comprehension if there is nothing in the mind with which to associate the words viewed. Thus, as we generate our thinking, comprehension begins.
Thousands of words must have been placed in the storehouse of the mind before it can be of much value to you. Meaning is in people, not in words. Reading is seeing it with the eye and knowing it with the brain. Reading is thinking with an aid; the aid is the printed page.
This is a good place to again ask the question, “How fast should I read?” You should only read as fast as your mind can respond. Pre-Reading is the best way to develop high efficiency.
You should therefore be able to read anything as fast as you can think it!!!
The critical questions for a beginning speed reading student is: “How fast can
I think?” Also, “How do I get my mind to think/respond faster in relationship
to the print?”
The answers are in the training you do.