Speed Reading for Researchers

Title:Speed Reading for Researchers

Duration:0.5 days
Training Units1.0
The Graduate School

This course is delivered by the Graduate School

The Graduate School courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.


Jane Smith: partner, Word Smiths

Target Audience

Researchers who want to learn how to increase their reading speed and learn how to manage their workload more effectively.


This workshop is highly interactive, engaging and fun.

Course Description:

This workshop aims to help you learn the techniques of reading faster with good comprehension. If you practice these skills, you will harness the huge reserve capacity of your mind – and you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve.

The workshop is designed to:

1.   Improve your reading efficiency

2.   Find new ways of coping with the overload of reading material

3.   Gain confidence in selecting and prioritising your reading – especially when carrying out the literature review

This workshop will enable you to:

·       Assess your reading speed and level of comprehension

·       Apply techniques to increase your reading speed

·       Read faster, understand and retain more of what you read

·       Select a reading approach that matches the purpose for which you are reading

·       Use a process for extracting important information from long documents

·       Reflect on your own reading style and identify how you can continue to improve your reading efficiency.


Please bring some reading material to practice on during the session. This should be a 300-500 page textbook (to read on paper) and or 2/3 research papers (to read on screen or on paper).

Follow up support

All workshop participants will receive access to the download edition of Word Smiths’ audio resource ‘Speed Reading for Success’ http://www.word-smiths.co.uk/books/speed-read-success.html

*Please note that this course is only open to postgraduate research students and research staff.*

Due to the popularity of these courses, please only register if you can attend. Non-attendance will be reported and may jeopardise your ability to book on future Graduate School courses.

If the course if fully booked please add yourself to the waiting list and we will run more sessions.

Latecomer policy

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Graduate School or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment
When booking on to a Graduate School short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing pg-training@nottingham.ac.uk. This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Graduate School maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Graduate School courses and will affect considerations for Graduate School funded opportunities.

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