In this article, the author, Walter Pauk, presented speed reading as a method for researchers and executives to read through vast amounts of important material with a limited window of time. In this article, Pauk wanted to offer business executives and researches an alternative to reading every page in order to gain necessary knowledge for their career fields.
Beginning this article, Pauk stated that ‘progress” is an essential part of everyday life for executive and researchers. Improving daily progress is vital not only for executives and researchers, but all employees within a business setting. The author approaches the speed reading topic by addressing key factors for its importance. Key factors such as, getting out from under piles of paper work, the need for increased workforce speed and efficiency, and the fear of being ineffective on-the-job, all add to the desire for executives and researches to pursue speed reading courses.
The next section of this article is a summary by the author of a standard speed reading course. According to Pauk, many individuals who begin speed reading courses often attempt to “race through books, seize phrases, gobble up sentences, and even mentally photograph whole pages at a glance.” This tendency often times builds confidence for individuals participating in speed reading courses. Pauk cautions that this sudden jump into speed reading can cause a drastic loss in reading comprehension.
Lastly, Pauk articulates “high speed - low comprehension” for people just starting speed reading. Challenging somebody to specific details within an article they attempted to speed read can potentially discourage an individual trying to learn this skill. According to the author, challenging somebody to specific knowledge after speed reading is not an effective way to gauge if speed reading is an effective method or not. It only serves to discourage a person from enhancing this skill and reaching a point where it becomes an efficient means for them to read numerous articles in a short period of time.
This article was not a scholarly peer reviewed study however, all of its sources were scholarly and well acclaimed within the research and academic community. While this article was written in 1965, much of its content remained similar to studies and articles reviewing speed reading in the recent past.