Speed reading was a big deal in the '50s and '60s, but these days, even a Wood Method machine isn't worth much.



  • Fact 1: Speed reading had been studied for decades, but teacher Evelyn Wood discovered the first easy, reproducible method in the late 1950s.
  • Fact 2: The Wood Method uses a moving "pacer" to help the reader's eyes sweet smoothly across the page.
  • Fact 3: Wood's speedreading program teaches users to suppress subvocalization, the imagined sound of the words being read, which can slow the speed of reading.
  • Fact 4: President John F. Kennedy, a natural speed reader, endorsed Wood's Reading Dynamics program and had many of his staffers enrolled.
  • Fact 5: The world record for speedreading is held by Anne Jones, who averaged 4,700 words per min. and 67% comprehension

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