Better Speed Reading

August 28, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
DC-Based educational powerhouse Arvin Vohra Education (AVE) has announced plans to begin development of Version 2 of its highly successful speed reading method, Rapid Analytical Reading.

Unlike most speed reading approaches which emphasize speed at the expense of comprehension, AVE’s Rapid Analytical Reading method places a premium on comprehension. At the core of the method is hierarchical language processing, in which the sentence’s grammatical structure is used to rapidly extract information. Because the Rapid Analytical Reading method allows for rapid and precise dissection of complex language, it has become the preferred method for rapidly reading textbooks and standardized test passages. Earlier methods of speed reading were primarily appropriate for the simple language found in magazines and newspapers.

AVE’s primary aim with version 2 of Rapid Analytical Reading is to solidify the training methods and prepare it for easy export and integration into school curricula and corporate training programs. According to Arvin Vohra, who is personally heading the project, “The first version of Rapid Analytical Reading was about fundamental breakthroughs – integrating hierarchical language processing with classic speed reading techniques, etc. With Version 2 we want to make it as foolproof and refined as the Accelerated Math Curriculum. Right now, the Accelerated Math Curriculum can be used by any school. However, Rapid Analytical Reading training requires a lot of fine tuning for each individual student, and that fine tuning has to be done by an expert.”

Mr. Vohra is optimistic that such refinement will be possible. “Math education has existed for thousands of years. Speed reading has existed for less than 100. It’s a newer field, and there are more kinks to work through. Version 2 is about working through those kinks. The Accelerated Math Curriculum has a lot of revolutionary methods, but many of the components have been used for centuries. With Rapid Analytical Reading, we had to start from ground zero.”