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Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of reading that’s required at work, especially when you have reports, memos or training materials to digest. Unlike reading for pleasure, reading at work almost always requires that you not only go through the material thoroughly, along with comprehending and retaining what you’ve read. The material may need to be applied to your job, be interpreted, and become part of the framework of a larger system for which you may be responsible.
Rather than taking a stack of written material home with you to read at night and over weekends, a speed reading course can help you get through the reports or manuals more quickly. Not only do you learn to read faster, you also receive training that helps you remember the content better, often the hardest part of reading stacks of paper. When you read for pleasure, you’re not accountable for what you’ve processed. Work reading, however, is an entirely different situation. Your job depends on a solid interpretation and retention of what you’ve read.
People develop reading skills differently. Some lucky ones retain almost everything they read, which makes reading for work an easy task, but others who are not as verbally oriented, may find the process one of the most difficult assignments that they face. When you learn speed reading, the class gives you an entirely different approach to reading, quite dissimilar to what you learned in grade school.
Taking a speed reading course can involve individual tutoring, group classes or taking the class using DVDs. You can even take the class online using any free time you have when not at work. Although learning to speed read takes a few hours of your time, the payoff will be both immediate and long-term. As you practice the techniques involved with this kind of reading, much less of your time will be required to digest the volumes of information your job may require.
Many fields require extensive reading for the job. Medicine and law have enormous reading requirements and practitioners, whether on the front line or in the back office, are responsible for implementing the material into their practices. Educators spend a good deal of time reading, as do specialists who need to keep up with progress in their fields, like employees in the trades who must continue their educations throughout their careers to maintain their licenses.
Some people consider speed reading one of the most valuable skills they have learned to perform their jobs better and succeed in any kind of work environment. Investing some time in learning this skill can propel you ahead in your career and give you back personal time to spend for leisure activities, which also enhances your performance at work.