Problems with reading – Subvocalisation.

Subvocalisation reading aloud in your head!

Saying the words in our head as we read ???

Again it partly the way we are taught when we were at school – C. A. T = cat

When reading we often read aloud simple words … and, but, was, it….. but do we really need to?

We don’t with objects ….

Q… When you walk into a room what do you see ?

  • Desk
  • Clock
  • Chair
  • TV

The answer is that you don’t – Actually the brain has the great ability to recognise shapes

When reading we often read aloud simpe words … and, but, was, it  …………… “How do we know what they do” ? 

The ability of our brain to recognise shapes, our distant ancestors used cave paintings to great effect and to tell stories that are instantly recognisable to the brain.

  • Cave paintings.
  • Road signs


Originally just UPPERCASE but people were not recognising the exit signs leading to a much higher than imagined level of accidents on or bear junctions.

The signs were changed to current format and accidents reduced substantially immediately.

We currently only say 60% – 70% of the words we read already – if we could take this down to 30%  – 40% we would see a huge improvement.

We can hear 3 times faster than we speak so reducing subvocalization we will inevitably speed up our reading!

Problems encountered when reading – Regression

When reading it is easy to lose concentration as RIGHT brain wanders off to other things ……. Often reason why we need to re read paragraphs or pages

This is called REGRESSION… but this starts at an early age..

“In schools we are taught to read things carefully – what do you think this means” …….(Slowly!) take each word as it is… if we can learn to flicker the eyes left to right without skipping back we will be more efficient and smoother!

If we read slowly we give Right Brain more chance to go walkabout!

———-  ———– ——— ———– ——————

  • Going back and re reading

Why do you think may cause this ?

  • Jumping ahead as we see something and missing some text
  • Because you don’t understand a word ?
  • Loss of concentration ?

If this happens don’t worry as they usually come out in the context…. You need to consciously decide not to go back when reading as a habit.

Other types of regression

  • Paragraph
  • Page

These are BAD as it means we have to read twice – takes us twice as long as t could do !!

How we read !


Brain is in 2 halves each about the size of a fist

Logical Half                                                              Reflective Half

Any idea which half is which ??? (L /R)

  • Reading is predominantly Left Brain activity


  • Right Brain can be very dominant – working on other things while we read….

Interactive games are right brain activity many are able to keep up a very high concentration level (those with children will already  know this !

If we are concentrating well it doesn’t allow our right half of the brain become too active and disrupt the reading half of the brain !

Our courses will help you plan for this and keep on track to become more efficient and therefore understand more of what you are reading then get on a course!.

The main aspects of reading !

PHYSICAL                                                                             MENTAL

  • Mechanical                                                             Brain
  • Eye Movement                                                      Non Visual
  • Word Recognition                                                Comprehension



Effective Reading

Covid 19

Due to the current pandemic it has been necessary to postpone the current courses for the time being, shame as we were really looking forward to presenting a course to staff & council leaders at East Midlands Council Group.

We look forward to getting a new date in the diary as soon as possible once the Covid 19 virus has been defeated.

Until then we would like to wish all our customers good luck, good health and we will convene again once this is beaten.

New Training App in Development..

In order to fulfill the demand from delegates over the years, who have seen great success and benefits in attending the Read Faster with Greater Understanding course, to develop an easy to use training App that will help individuals “send their eyes to the gym” we are investing thousands on developing a speed reading App that will be available during the early part of 2020.

Watch this space and social media for launch details.

Durham CC Course #2

The second of this years group of courses was held last week at County Hall in Durham on a warm sunny day.

The delegates were enthusiastic as ever and worked really hard on the topics to help increase reading speed an also comprehension.

The 6 hour course is pretty full on but yet again delegates found that there are huge benefits to be had.

Across the group reading speed doubled following the course whist an average increase in comprehension of 40% at the same time.

Someone reading 2 hours per day during work will now save 2 full days days per month as a result! … Now thats an improvement in efficiency and also helps get a much better work life balance.

Durham County Council Course #1

The first of this years courses took place in January 2019 at County Hall, 10 delegates from across the spectrum of the Councils departments attended the course.

They all had in common a great deal of reading material to get through during the course of their working week (in most cases at least 2 hours per day)

All delegated saw a huge increase in reading speed with 8 out of 9 also seeing an improvement in comprehension. The 9th delegate saw a 2.5 times improvement in reading speed without any tangible loss of comprehension.


Hi Tim

Thank you for taking the time the evaluate my results.

I must say I really did enjoy it, but it was very intense. 

Overall very enjoyable and beneficial course that I am sure I will benefit from in my work.

Thanks for everything

Kind regards


Highly successful courses

The course had 9 delegates from differing management departments all of whom are required to read significant volumes of material during the course of their working week.

After the first two sections we calculated their individual reading speed in words per minute and also measured the “comprehension” of what had been read.

The group average reading speed was 247 words per minute (initial range from 130 wpm – 395 wpm)

The “comprehension” of the group averaged out at 46.6% of the text that had been read.

We then measured the average of the last 6 test modules the group did as individuals and the results were as follows:

Average WPM for the Group across the last 6 tests 459 WPM 

Average Comprehension for the group across the last 6 tests 69.1%

In short a mixed group saw on average a doubling of the reading speed and a 50% increase in the comprehension!

So if yo currently read for 3 hours per day you would potentially save 1 full day per week (and understand more into the bargain).