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Making Crossword Puzzles

The adverts for photoreading claim that you can read 25,000 words a minute. Is this fact or fiction?

The method of photoreading is quite simple:

  • Pick a book that you want to photoread
  • Read the cover to double check that the book is relevant to you
  • If it's information that's likely to go out of date, check the copyright date
  • Preview the chapter headings
  • Get into the right "state" to photoread
  • Flip through the pages at the rate of about one page per second

Of course, you'll need to practice. Getting into the right state was probably the hardest part that I found. But after a few trials, and once I'd got over the worry of getting it right first time, that wasn't too difficult.

Testing whether photoreading works isn't as easy. To all intents and purposes, everyone is unique. So you can't have a "control" version of yourself to test against the regular you. Doing a scientific double blind test isn't possible either - you've either photo read the book or you haven't.

So deciding whether or not photoreading works is a belief state. At the end of the day, you either believe it works or you don't. When I first photoread, I chose a dictionary and my method of testing was crossword puzzles. The kind where you're given a one word clue. Subjectively, I thought that my speed of completing crosswords increased. So my view is that photoreading works.

You can learn photoreading from a book but my preferred method is to use an audio course as I can follow along with the course rather than getting distracted part way by having to refer back to somewhere else in the book.

Read more thoughts about the photoreading method on my blog at