There isn’t much we can’t do on a modern Mac. We connect to web pages all over the world.
iSight cameras with iChat and Skype connect us face to face and voice to voice with friends, family, and businesses. RSS feeds allow Mac users to skim through hundreds of web pages in minutes. What our Macs just can’t seem to do is squeeze more hours into a 24-hour day. Maybe we just need to learn to read faster.
Learn Different Using A Mac
The problem with information gathering isn’t inherent in our Macs. We’re the problem. After mankind’s existence of thousands and thousands of years, we still have just 24 hours in a day. To do more requires that we think different.
How about learning to read faster? Can it be done? Even for older Mac adults?
The folks at iReadFast think that reading faster is the way to learn faster, retain more, and save time. All you need is your Mac, a little extra time each day, something to read (any text that can be copied and pasted will do), and iReadFast.
As it turns out, we learn to read at an early age, add vocabulary through our school years, but never learn to read faster. Sure, we can read for comprehension and understanding, but where does Speed Reading 101 show up in a college’s curriculum?
Introducing Speed To Reading
Though the app has been around a few years, I stumbled upon iReadFast while looking for some flash card reading apps for my children. There are plenty of those. But not one of them teaches speed reading.
iReadFast is rather simple. Copy and paste some text into iReadFast. Adjust the split screen so that each word is completely visible in the top section while the text scrolls in the lower section.
Controls are mostly self explanatory. The Play button plays the text so you can read it, either aloud or to yourself. Click Play and the text flashes on screen for you to read. Click the WPM button and change the words played per minute.
The words can be squished or stretched using the round sizing button.
Text can be stored as a Library entry for easily retrieval and repeated practice. I found that iReadFast works very well in conjunction with Safari’s new Reader feature. Find a web site, click the Reader button, copy the article text, paste it into iReadFast and you’re good to go.
Practice makes perfect so start slowly and then increase the WPM each day. Does iReadFast actually work? If practice makes perfect, yes. Practice reading faster and it’s likely that, over time, your reading speed will increase.
For me, I used iReadFast for three days, multiple times each day using different text. By the third day I was able to not fall asleep while reading. Yes, plunking your face down on a MacBook Pro’s keyboard will pop loose a few keys. Fortunately, I can read faster after only three days and it took no time at all to plop all the keys back into place.