Another recent entry into the Accelerated Reading field offers quite an intriguing approach. Tested with dramatic results at the US Air Force Academy and taught in 10 countries worldwide, Ed Strachar, Inventor and facilitator, looks at it from a purely mental perspective.
Ed says reading occurs between the ears and so "external" speedreading exercises such as finger pacing and previewing, highlighting etc... are techniques external to where the process actually happens. Yet nobody seems to know and be aware of the importance of the "internal" process in reading.
The problem today, teachers often report is that kids often find reading, as compared to all their other options in modern culture, be it MTV, Video games, movies etc..., boring! If they do read, usually it is within a very limited scope of interest and if 18th century English Literature is in that scope, they will usually be turned off.
Consequently then, utilizing "internal" methods in order to establish calmness, curiosity, interest and anticipation results in getting one so focused that they go into what Ed calls the "Genius Zone." This takes place when the reader becomes singularly focused on the book. Then comprehension, speed and recollection are vastly improved
It's not only the kids. The biggest problem literate people have when they read is that they are often distracted and are usually thinking of 5 or 10 other things instead while they attempt to read. In other words - they are not totally focused, and for the most part - have never ever been taught methods on how to get really focused in their entire lives..
Thus "internal" methods to build calmness, curiosity, intrigue, interest and anticipation can get one so focused that they go into what he calls the "Genius Zone" where they are singularly focused on the book. Then comprehension, speed and recall improve vastly.