Top 7 Speed Reading Apps
- Feb 08, 2015
In the age of speed, reading somehow stuck its odd head out and was the sole aspect walking the other way, while the rest were gushing in to the new light called science and technology. Little did reading know that an intervention was awaiting this disparity.
With the ever increasing information rage reaching insurmountable heights, speed reading was seen as an effective way to train people to cope with it. It has been scientifically proven that when we read text from a page, we tend to speak to our mind, which takes up most of the time in reading the whole page. Now we can't have that, can we? Therefore, speed reading apps came to the rescue to help your 300 words per minute speed rise to a 1000 wpm.
Did you know that once words appear on the screen one at a time at a certain speed, your reading speed skyrockets? This app employs exactly that theory. With ReadQuick, you can set your preferred pace of the words appearing. ReadQuick brings to you a feel of the newspaper. You can import articles to ReadQuick by using the built-in browser and clicking on the 'Save Article' button to add it to your reading list. You can also connect your Pocket, Instapaper and Readability accounts. The 'Featured' tab in the sidebar lets you read feeds from sites including Macworld, The Daily Caller, Techmeme and more. The more you use it, the better you are guaranteed to get at speed reading.
Velocity has specifically been designed for iOS 7 interface and allows users to read articles from Pocket and Instapaper, as well as text and rich text documents. You can adjust the number of words appearing on the screen per minute with a range from 100 to 1000. It allows you to save webpages to read later. Velocity offers a range of 3 themes for you to choose from. You can also choose from a range of fonts including Helvetica Neue, Georgia, Courier New and more.
This app provides suggestions and tips on how to improve your reading speed. Acceleread's guided and self-paced course is based on your current reading level and desired performance goals. This app also keeps track of user's stats of comprehension and speed. With Acceleread,you are guaranteed to learn techniques that would help you blaze through contents quicker than you can ever imagine. The best part about this app is that, not only will you learn new techniques to speed read, but also unlearn the old techniques that were holding you back.
This app has a very simple interface for users to navigate through. Features include adding your Pocket and Instapaper account, 4 font variation options, night mode, brightness bar. You can also choose how many words you want to be shown on the screen at a time, also known as chunking. Syllable starts off with 50 wpm and has a maximum range of 1500 wpm. Syllable will also help you reduce subvocalization, add text from clipboard, switch to night mode and more.
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This app flashes chunks of words at a time instead of one word. This app guides the user's eyes by highlighting and darkening words as they appear on the screen. This feature of highlighting words acts as markers and user's can adjust the length of the markers and also, the speed at which they move. You can also customize themes, fonts, modes of highlighting and dimming. You can also add text documents or read clipboard items. You can also monitor your progress with reading stats. This app comes with a directory of free books and classic books.
Reading Trainer helps not only to improve your reading speed, but also your retention rate. In addition to that, this is also a speed reading course. This app comes with a plethora of reading exercises to improve your reading speed. Also, this app provides you with statistics of your performance, retention tests and minigames. Reading Trainer helps to build your reading skills for reading physical and electronic papers, books and documents quicker than you imagined.
This is an oldie, but a goldie. This app uses the RSVP (Rapid Serial Visual Presentation) technique of flashing words on the screen at a quick pace to help you increase your reading speed. Text can be imported from various formats such as .tx, .pdf, .epub, .xml and .html for reading.
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