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Medical Speed Reading is it possible?

  1. Jul 11, 2007 #1
    Is it possible for the mind to comprehend so much information that it barely has time to recognize? Can some people really read 10 novels a week or is this unreal? Are only moderately above average speeds possible?

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  3. Jul 11, 2007 #2


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    Speed reading gets the 'gist' of the material.

    It's the equivalent of taking one bite out of every food item and then claiming you ate everything at the buffet (which, technically, is true).
  4. Sep 30, 2011 #3
    Of course it is possible for everyone.But we require some tips and tricks on speed reading.These tips can be obtained from expert faculties through online or offline.you will find the lots of improvement in your academic and professional life.
  5. Sep 30, 2011 #4


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    Speed reading is good for familiarity with the subject you are reading. It isn't going to make you an expert in the material you are reading. Employed correctly it can be a useful technique exposures, but it isn't to get you mastery of a subject.

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    In medical school we have to read a lot of material, understand said material and be sufficient in recall of that material for critical thinking/clinical reasoning problem solving type test questions. This makes wrote memorization a poor strategy for doing well on most tests in medical school (obviously exceptions like gross anatomy exist, which for the most part is just memorization).

    I use speed reading in my technique to assimilate large amounts of information--I do it as prereading before my lectures. Then use active note taking during lecture, then the same day do "reading for understanding" which is more an active-thinking type of reading done much more slowly where I put together processes in my head as I read and make notes of it.

    If you really, really want to understand a new subject speed reading isn't the way to go. Its exposures, most people need 5-6 exposures to really start to comprehend a new subject/idea.
  6. Sep 30, 2011 #5


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    Awesome necroposty. 4 years.
  7. Sep 30, 2011 #6


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    It's still about 5 years shy of the best I've seen.

    If anyone wants to discuss speed reading feel free to start a new topic, this thread however is too old to revive. Thread locked.
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