In a world of social media and clickbait articles, it helps to be a quick reader. With a stopwatch or timer, you can practice reading faster on your own, but speed-reading apps and software are here to help you tackle that trouble in a more high-tech way. The thing is, learning how to read faster is only half the fight. The real challenge is to digest and grasp the knowledge as you read it at lightning speed.
Benefits of speed-reading software
Spreeder, one of a few different speed-reading programs, is a software that uses state-of-the-art reading tools and professional teaching tips to help people read up to three or four times faster. One selling point of theirs is their promise to help users, “Be educated and interesting with much less effort.” Who doesn’t want that?
Targeting high school and college students as well as web content users, Spreeder makes reading easier in several different ways, with varying levels of difficulty. Some of the strategies include working on habits such as subvocalization and regression, automatically syncing data between devices, and the data it tracks about users’ reading habits. In addition, Spreeder (like most speed-reading programs) can flash words on one part of the screen in rapid succession, rather than making readers’ eyes move side to side as they go.
Spreeder also offers its users a wealth of specialized training resources. Spreeder has a tool to customize your speed of reading at an easy pace. There are also guided training and progress reports to improve your reading skills. If you’re more of a social learner, Spreeder even has an option to study in groups! The web and mobile apps are free to use, but with upgrading to Spreeder CX you will get more advanced training and features.
So, Does Spreeder Help You Improve Your Reading?
So, is Spreeder worth it? Many reviewers say it is worth it for the clean interface, ability to use your own downloadable books and public domain books, and tools to help you speed up with your reading. Some mention that there is a limited amount of books and an inability to change the pace while you are reading content as downsides, but if your primary goal is to read faster, Spreeder seems to be effective at doing that.
The biggest downside according to those who have tried out Spreeder is that, while the content was understandable, it’s easy to lose the meaning and rhythm of the content if you do not know the information beforehand. In other words, the time between words, paragraphs, and long lengths are moments for our brains to reflect upon the meaning of the materials. These small pauses are a huge part of what makes the difference between reading and skimming, making Spreeder much less like “normal” reading and much more like skimming extra-fast.
With that in mind, this can definitely be a helpful tool for readers looking to pick up the pace or zip through some content, as well as a fun way to experiment with a different way to read. Reading and writing are as old as cave art, and we’re only getting better at both, but it remains to be seen whether speed-reading options will be the next evolution or just a quick phase.