How to Read 10X Faster and Retain It 0 63

  • Being a quick learner can give you an even greater edge. Science proves there are ways you can read and retain it. This post outline those techniques.
  • More learning:  Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster
How to Read 10X Faster and Retain It

You got that right, there is a way to increase your reading skill and comprehension by 1000%. On average, the reading speed of American adults is in the range of 200 to 300 words per minute, which is a half to a whole page per minute. With the internet containing more words than ever, and with the written word being extremely important for business or recreational activities, the ability to collect, store, retrieve, analyze and get value out of more words in lesser periods of time can improve not only your efficiency but also your enjoyment by leaps and bounds.

  1. Get the bird’s eye view first. How? By hypothesis and the table of contents.

The first technique is to make a hypothesis of the contents of the book by using the clues provided right away. Make an opinion and a conclusion for technical books and a prediction for the ending for stories.  The title of the book can be very revealing for the contents.

The author can also be a great source of theories, especially if the writer is not alien to you. Another extremely important source of possible information are the references in the book itself, usually in the glossary. Of course, this is only for the non-fictional technical books. For reading fictional ones, there are usually reviews behind or inside the book covers, and while they give only vague descriptions, those said vague clues are useful on making hypothesis since the descriptions reviews are surely accurate. The table of contents will give you not only theories but also a structure which is more straightforward, where you can validate or change your theories on. Chapter titles and names are extremely relevant, not only for the structure but forgetting the theme of the book, where you can prioritize your reading.

By making your brain ask questions and form hypothesis before reading and then getting a structure and anchor points for references from the table of contents, your reading speed can actually improve. An added bonus is the fact that your brain is working also, which forms better neural networks which makes remembering what you have read easier and much better. Not only will you read more in lesser time, but you will understand and remember better.

  1. Practice reading books quickly.

Some readers just skim pages and pages in a structured way. This technique is aptly named as speed reading. Speed readers can read 3000 words per minute, our home 10 pages a minute. Of course, those are trained individuals who have undergone scientific processes and exercises to reach that level. But do not worry, since you can actually increase your reading speed by yourself. Imagine if you became a self-trained speed reader; the world of words would be your oyster!

The practical benefits of moving from the usual reading methods to the faster speed reading process definitely is worth the time and effort. On average, people read around 5 books a year, with time as the main restricting point. In another survey, around 3 quarters, specifically 74.9%, said that they would like to read more but they are limited by their schedule, time which they cannot control. By using speed reading, you can read books more than twice the rate at just the same time period. Burning through books can really help; more than half of respondents regarding business travelers said that reading business books improve their business sense, while it was found out that serious readers who read around 20 books a year usually earn at least $100,000 annually.

  1. Do not make overly complicated processes; simplicity is the best policy.

You may be reading complex themes and topics, with chapters being loaded with jargon and unfamiliar words, which is why you would think that reading is a complicated matter. That is far from the truth. It is actually your thinking that does the complicated work but the act of reading itself actually relies more on your eyes rather than your brain. One great way to further speed up your reading pace is to actually read through your eyes. Reading aloud maybe good for those who are starting to learn a language, like children or people taking up another language, but for those who already have a good standing with the language, particularly the grammar in the vocabulary, reading aloud will actually slow you down.

Another thing that you should not be doing is to read word by word. Speed readers do the reading process by looking at lines or phrases instead of just words. The average reader can read around 1 up to 4 words in one glance. A speed reader who has good training can read 12 words at the glance and with faster comprehension. In fact, most will read 19 itself in one page, which could range around 24 to 30 words. They do this by training their kinetic vision, basically the scope of what their eyes can capture. If you want to start doing this, try to make time for at least 5 to 10 minutes each day off reading at least a quarter of one line, which should be around 6 to 8 words. After a week or two perhaps, you will notice that reading by phrases and not by words will be faster for you and you will understand and remember better.

In conclusion, you can improve your reading abilities by making flexible general conclusions, making a mental outline through those hypotheses and the table of contents, speed reading and lastly by making the art of reading a simple as possible. Try to do the 3 recommendations listed above, and you will see your reading pace and memory retention improved by leaps and bounds.

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BlackTop Coffee, a funky coffee bar serving up high-end brew 0 37

Los Angeles Arts District

In a busy city such as Los Angeles, it is not surprising to see a rapidly booming repertoire of coffee shops. After all, coffee is considered a necessity for most people on a daily basis, with some even needing a couple or more per day. With the wide range of coffee shops to choose from, an establishment needs to have a certain characteristic that will set it apart from the others.

It is a good thing Blacktop Coffee in Los Angeles has that distinct quality that allows it to stand out among the bigger names in the coffee industry. Though the establishment itself is relatively small, the space is visually rewarding, enough to make you come back for your daily dose of caffeine.

What makes Blacktop Coffee different is that it aims to build the local community while also prioritizing excellent customer experience. This, according to Tyler J. Wells, is their ultimate goal, aside from serving quality coffee. Wells is the owner of Blacktop and is also the co-founder of  Handsome Coffee, which has already been bought by Blue Bottle.

The menu is also pretty simple. For your espresso drinks, you can choose whether you want it black, white, or chocolate. If you want brewed coffee, you can choose between the daily or cold brew. They also offer tea, juice and some edibles.

It's breakfast time #vscocam

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What to order

  • Any of their brews are good
  • Cappuccino – Two shots of its high-end bean expresso with four ounces of milk
  • Food to get
    • California Muesli – Straus greek yogurt, housemade jam, granola, nasa berries, kumquats
    • Jam & Ricotta – Sourdough-rye, bellwether farms ricotta cheese, housemade jam, lemon zest
    • Avocado Toast – Sourdough-rye, Haas avocado, radish, pickled onion, chives, watercress.

Barrel & Ashes, fine Texas-style barbecue in Los Angeles 0 36

Barrel and Ashes celebrate the very best of barbecue flavors in the classic Los Angeles style. People of LA love the food that this restaurant serves because the dishes are prepared with hours of love and devotion to come up with only the best and tastiest in town.

One thing that customers appreciate about Barrel and Ashes is the fact that it can actually be considered as the kind of establishment that every city needs. It has a bright and inviting interior as well as a front patio where diners can enjoy their food eating on picnic-style tables.

'Cue Code: Don't waste the drips. #sauce #kansascitymopsauce #brisket #triptip

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Space is ideal for any informal occasion as it is very casual and flexible. You can go out on a lunch break and spend it here or have a celebratory dinner with families and friends. Just make sure that you call in advance for a reservation as it usually gets pretty crowded in the evenings.

They serve good barbecue, but the ribs and the pulled pork are worth trying, especially on the first visit, to seal the deal and ensure that you will come back for more. Aside from the meat, the fried chicken sandwich and the hoecake are also some of the restaurant’s most recommended dishes.

An Epic shot of our Pulled Pork sandwich by @heliadam29

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What to order

  • Smoked BBQ
    • Beef Brisket
    • Backyard BBQ Chicken
    • Pulled Pork
    • Baby Back Ribs (to die for, yummy)
  • Sandwiches
    • Barrel Burger – USDA choice beef, Kansas City Mop Sauce, Aged Cheddar, Smoked Bacon, Sweet Vidalias
    • Smoked Brisket – Brioche, Kansas City Mop Sauce
    • Santa Maria Tri-Tip – Steak roll, choice of Kansas City Mope Sauce or Chimichurri, Melted Pepper Jack, Grilled Peppers and Onions