The 7 Skills of Speed Reading
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The 7 Skills of Speed Reading

The Seberson Method of Speed Reading
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  • 9.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Students will know the 7 skills of speed reading and how to improve their ability. Depending on their weakness and time, long term improvements can be quickly achieved in a matter of weeks or months.
  • While students do not need to be native speakers, they should have fluent English reading skills.

If you've tried other courses and had limited results, this is the course for you. The 7 Skills of Speed Reading was developed by Katya Seberson one of the top Manhattan tutors with over a decade of experience teaching speed reading and May Ling Lai, a Wall Street executive who actively speed reads as a part of her career.  We are two real actual speed readers that were unhappy with the other courses that existed on the market.

Try our course if:

1) You need to learn to speed read

2) Have tried other courses with limited results

3) Hate reading and are turning to speed reading as a potential solution

We know there are other courses that exist and have also reviewed them ourselves. While the intentions of other instructors are in the right place, most courses have many errors or misleading elements. There are a lot of gimmicks. Others are teaching advanced skimming techniques rather than speed reading. This is unfortunately, because many more people should be able to do this craft and have it augment their livelihood.

A typical speed reader can take in information anywhere from 3 to 5 times faster than the average native English speaking reader. This speed will be 2 to 4 times faster than where listening comprehension breaks down. Given that you can take in information so much faster, speed reading is a major advantage for anyone whose livelihood depends on thinking. In the age of automation, that is nearly every person.

We break Speed Reading into 7 skills that can be developed to grow your skills for the immediate term and for a lifetime. The 7 skills are - at this point - typically indirectly taught or not taught at all in school. They are completely ignored in most other courses. This is likely why so many have experienced mixed results. With this method, you will not give up speed for comprehension. 

We believe as more and more people learn the skill, this will be the biggest differentiator in one's career. Most people that are speed readers do not share with others how they acquired the ability. This is true in fields like Law, Technology, Financial Services, Consulting, and more. This is often because they did so by chance and have not thought about how you might transfer this knowledge effectively.

This course provides a no gimmicks way to learn to speed read. It will address claims and misinformation found commonly in other courses.  We believe that by providing a real course that addresses the true obstacles that stop people from unlocking their innate abilities, we can help many achieve the goals they have, whether profession or personal.   

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wishes to improve their reading speed.
Course content
Expand all 115 lectures 09:34:44
+ Introduction
5 lectures 21:40

This lesson provides an overview of the seven skill groups that allow a person to speed read.  

Preview 02:49

In this video, we lay out the value proposition of speed reading in hours.  We talk about precisely what an average reader, a college reader, a fast audio listener, and a speed reader are capable of taking in in terms of pages and time. 

Preview 09:18
+ MODULE 1: The Essentials [Decoding]
9 lectures 43:27

This lecture begins the first section of instruction, The Essentials. These are the basic components of  reading that are often missed in school. We preview the three sections and their relevance. Because reading is a mental exercise, we use a physical example to help you understand why the Essentials are so important. Even if you're a pretty good reader with a great education from good schools, we recommend that you listen to this lecture before deciding to skip any sections. 

I've added a link below if you'd like to test your reading speed. None of the tests that exist are perfect and we have our own methods when working with a client in person. However, this should give you some sense for where you're starting from.

Preview 07:07

In this section, we talk about a common reason that many turn to speed reading, they hate reading. The hope is that if they can increase their pace, they can be done with the laborious task.  Hating reading, though typically is a sign that a skill is missing. This is very common given the way reading is commonly taught.

Why Do Some People Hate Reading?

In this video we discuss the nature of decoding and how it mentally takes visual imagery into conceptual ideas.

Preview 07:12

In this lecture, we talk about the two libraries that act as paths to understanding a word.  Skill in both is necessary to be a good reader and go on to become a speed reader.

Decoding: The Visual & Auditory Library

In this lecture, we speak further about the cognitive processor and it's role in understanding text.  We discuss precisely how the two libraries work, the power of phonics and the way in which this helps with understanding both known and new words. This concept will be carried through to multiple lectures.

Decoding: Cognitive Processor and the Visual & Auditory Processor

In this lecture, we discuss the history of education and why so much of reading is taught indirectly. This has left many to pick up reading skills on their own.  The result is that many people have an underdeveloped audio and visual library access for their cognitive processor.  If you feel bad that you don't have great decoding skills, watch this lesson to understand why.

Decoding: Why many schools do not explicitly teach reading. 1.1.5.

In this lecture, we describe how some are diagnosed with Dyslexia, but may simply have phonetic issues. Additionally, I've attached an article that describes this.

Identifying weaknesses in Phonics - Extreme Case

In this lesson, we provide a final example to help test your phonetic ability.  I've attached a resource that goes through some of the phonics rules in case you discover this is an area of weakness. We encourage you to also post, let us know how the resources go, which you personally like best, and whether there are some specific areas for which you are finding difficulty.

Decoding: Identifying Problems with Phonetics - Common Test
Decoding: Conclusion to Decoding
+ Module 1: The Essentials [Vocabulary]
11 lectures 39:32

In this lecture, we provide an overview of the section on Vocabulary. We describe what precisely vocabulary is and why it's the case, that you may have vocabulary issues even if you've gone to college and passed college entrance exams. We describe how the brain learns more vocabulary and also, the best way to acquire more words.

Preview 02:38

In this lecture, we describe the reason why listening is an inefficient way to learn vocabulary. 

Vocabulary: Auditory Bias

In this lecture, we revisit the example in the previous lecture. We also start to talk about how the brain absorbs new or unfamiliar words.

Vocabulary: Cognitive Processing of Unfamiliar Words

In this section, we describe why it is so hard to pick up vocabulary from only listening.

Vocabulary: Picking up vocabulary through listening

Here we describe why reading is extremely important to learning new vocabulary. We additionally describe how reading facilitates auditory learning of vocabulary. 

Vocabulary: Reading & Learning New Vocabulary

In lecture 21, we described the initial phases of learning new vocabulary. We also talk about the importance of looking up words and making sure you know the meaning. 

Vocabulary: Challenges to Inferring Meaning
Vocabulary: Moving from temporary to permanent memory

This lecture builds upon previous lectures that describe how the brain learns new words and how it might be fooled. It discusses a faster way to learn new vocabulary.

Vocabulary: Techniques to learn vocabulary more quickly

For those that don't already have a plan to learn new vocabulary, this lecture will help you develop one. 

Vocabulary: Developing a deliberate vocabulary learning practice

In this lesson, we describe the virtuous and vicious cycle of learning vocabulary. We describe why the bigger your vocabulary is, the easier it is to learn words. We also talk about secondary benefits of vocabulary. 

Vocabulary: The Virtuous & Vicious Cycle of Learning Vocabulary

Even if you have a great vocabulary there might still be a good reason to continue to develop your vocabulary. 

Vocabulary: Lifelong learning of vocabulary
+ MODULE 1: The Essentials [Structure]
10 lectures 59:36

In this video, we introduce the third skill of Speed Reading and the last of the Essentials. Structure is typically an area that even our clients that are fairly competent readers struggle with. 

Preview 01:51

In this section, we talk about reading comprehension and how unique a skill it really is.  This speaks back to our discussion the very beginning that reading is really a highly refined form of pattern recognition.

Structure 1.1: What is Reading Comprehension?

In this section, we demonstrate how difficult comprehension is without an understanding of structure.

Structure 1.2: How does Structure relate to what you hear?

Here we introduce structure outside of simply grammar. This is also called sentence diagramming. In the next few sections, we'll start to discuss further how sentence diagramming can make a big difference.

Structure 1.3: Example of Processing Structure Correctly & Incorrectly

In this section, we talk about simple versus complex sentence structure broadly, in all communication. Simple is far more common in spoken language. Complex structure is highly common in written language. A grasp of complex sentence structure is necessary for good comprehension while reading.

Structure: Simple versus Complex Sentence Structure

Basic sentence structure is discussed.

Structure: Basic Sentence Structure

We now demonstrate how the brain uses the basic sentence structure to understand more complex sentences.

Structure: Dissecting Intermediate Sentence Structure
Structure: Intermediate Sentence Structure
Structure: Complex Sentence Structure

Congrats! You're watching the final video of the Essentials. You may want to take the test and see how your comprehension and reading has transformed. 

Conclusion to Structure
+ MODULE 2: The Mechanics [Focus]
9 lectures 27:42

Focus is the first mechanical skill. This is the overview of the module, Focus, a skill we call the stamina of reading.

Preview 02:25

In this chapter, we describe focus in the context of reading. Many might be focused in other areas. Bringing that same feeling and mindset to reading might not be obvious. 

Focus 2.1: Focus in the Context of Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we describe why it can sometimes be very hard for people to stay in focus.

Focus 2.2: Examples of Being In/Out of Focus

In this lesson, we talk about what the brain is doing. This should help you think about the coming exercise we'll present on focus.

Focus 2.3: Focus as a Cognitive Process

Sometimes your lack of focus is telling you something. In this section, we discuss how it's not always a focus issue when you lose focus.

Focus 2.4: Focus as an Indicator

We talk about different reasons people have focus issues.

Focus 2.5 Types of focus problems
Focus 2.6: The Focus Exercise Set Up
Focus 2.7: Focus Exercise Continued

Summary comments on focus.

Focus 2.8: Closing Remarks
+ MODULE 2: The Mechanics [Perceptual Span]
8 lectures 40:11

We introduce perceptual span and the coming lessons of the module.

Preview 07:06
Intro to Thought Units
What are Though Units
Thought Units vs Spoken Speech
The Importance of Function Words
Eye Movements
Increasing the Visual Window
Conclusion to Perceptual Span
+ MODULE 2: The Mechanics [Subvocalization]
7 lectures 35:04
What is Subvocalization?
When is Subvocalization NOT ok
Mechanical Subvocalization
Non-Mechanical Subvocalization
Advanced Subvocalization Monitoring
Conclusion to Subvocalization
+ MODULE 2: The Mechanics [Advanced Pattern Recognition]
27 lectures 03:06:26
Advanced Pattern Recognition Multiple Sentences
Function Words for Multiple Sentence Comprehension
Carrying Pronouns for Comprehension
Basic Paragraph Structure
Basic Paragraph Example
Paragraph Fiction
Paragraph to Paragraph
Previewing a Paragraph
Basic Outline Structure
Outline Variation 1 Part 1
Outline Variation 1, Part 2
Outline Variation 2, p1
Outline Variation 2 p 2
Outline Variation 3, p1
Outline Variation 3, p2
Outline Var 4, p1
Outline Variation 4, p2

I know the conclusion of this might be almost disturbing to some who are struggling with the concept that outlines might not be what they were taught in school and that this might be the norm. It's actually quite difficult to find resources, though there are hundreds of examples that line the pages of nearly every professional magazine. I'm going to add more resources of outlines that are also off pattern. Feel free to send a message if you've got an article you feel also follows this format. 

Outline Variation 4, p3
Intro to Funnels
Funnel - Big picture to specific point, p1
Funnel - Big picture to specific point, p2
Reverse Funnel - Specific Point to Larger Point
Funnel & Reverse Funnel Together, p1
Funnel & Reverse Funnel Together, p2
+ Module 3: Strategy
28 lectures 01:58:48
Strategy 3.1 - Intro to Strategy
Strategy 3.1.1 Types of Readers
Strategy 3.1.2 Types of Readers p2
Strategy 3.1.3 Intro to Choosing Material
Strategy 3.1.4 The Importance of Choosing Fun Material
Strategy 3.1.5 Outside of a Book p1
Strategy 3.1.6 Outside of the book p2
Strategy 3.1.7 Outside of the Book p3
Strategy 3.1.8 Inside of the Book p1
Strategy 3.1.9 Inside of the Book p2
Strategy 3.2 Intro to the Verticals
Strategy 3.2.1 The Verticals & Reading Comprehension
Strategy 3.2.2 Choosing a Vertical
Strategy 3.2.3 Splitting a Vertical
Strategy 3.2.4 Complementary Verticals
Strategy 3.2.5 New Verticals
Strategy: 3.3 Intro to Purpose
Strategy 3.3.1 What is Purpose?
Strategy 3.3.2 Highlighting & Purpose in Comprehension
Strategy 3.2.3 Table of Contents (Part 1)
Strategy 3.2.4 Table of Contents (part 2)
Strategy 3.2.5 Final Comments on Purpose
Strategy 3.3 Reflect & Review Intro
Strategy 3.3.1 Reflect
Strategy 3.3.2 Review
Strategy 3.3.3 Tools for Reflect & Review
Strategy 3.3.4 Goodreads
Strategy 3.3.5 Final Comments on Strategy
+ Course Conclusion
1 lecture 02:18
Conclusion of Module 3 Strategy