Speed Reading

The modern knowledge worker has to read more and more in our information society. Without proper training, our average/habitual reading speed of 250 words per minute would require more than 6 hours per day to remain up to date. New insights in how the brain processes information, allow us to change our reading habits on a daily basis. The key in Speedreading is to adapt the reading speed to the nature of the text and the goal of the reader. While scientific details justify slower speeds, contextual reading can be accelerated significantly.


Research & Valorization

Target Group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


All PhD students


Brain-friendly speed-reading method, allowing the reader to improve reading speed, comprehension and recall by at least factor 3 by the end of the Workshop. Further improvement is possible if the participant consciously and continuously applies the new skills in future reading. The new skills (3 for the Eyes and 3 for the Brain) have an impact on all stages of reading: input (speed) – short term memory (comprehension) and long term memory (recall).


The Speed Reading method is based on experiential techniques, derived from insights in how the brain processes information. The method is originally based on the work of Tony Buzan (Radiant Thinking™, Mind Mapping™ and Speed Reading), and on the practical experience of the trainer.


Ir Bernard Lernout


The workshop consists of two half day modules, separated by at least one week of own practice. Each module consists of 4 sessions of 45 to 50 minutes, separated by relaxation breaks. The new skills are immediately validated using reading samples – with measurement of speed and comprehension. Reading samples from various scientific disciplines (in English) for the first module are included in the syllabus. Participants bring their own reading materials (English or native language) to the second module: memo's; a newspaper, magazine or journal, and a non-fiction book of about 400 pages.

Day 1: module 1 The basic skills One week of personal practice on own material Day 2: module 2 The advanced skills

Session 1: Assessment

  • the eye and reading
  • the brain and reading
  • reading habits and assumptions

Session 5: Turbo eye and brain skills

  • questions and answers on personal practice
  • turbo practices

Session 2: Three EYE skills

  • explain
  • test
  • put into practice

Session 6: Information processing and the brain

  • sensory input
  • short term memory
  • long term memory

Session 3: Practicing the eye skills

  • step by step
  • sample and custom reading material
  • how to measure progress

Session 7: Non fiction (book) reading

  • mind mapping organic study technique

Session 4: Three BRAIN skills

  • explain
  • test
  • put into practice

Session 8: Hints for the future

  • handling memo's
  • screen reading (incl. tablet reading)
  • internet speed reading
  • reader-friendly writing


Time schedule & Venue

Course code Dates
Time (1 course = 2 x 0.5 days)
SPR-1920-01 Wed morning 9 + 16 October 2019 9:00 - 12:15 Leszaal 5.1 (5th fl), Faculty of Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences, FPPW, Dunantlaan 2, Gent
SPR-1920-02 Wed afternoon 9 + 16 October 2019 13:15 - 16:30 Leszaal 5.1 (5th fl), Faculty of Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences, FPPW, Dunantlaan 2, Gent


Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members. The no show policy applies: no-show policy UGent


If the course is fully booked, you can register on the waiting list: https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/waitingspr

Please read the cancellation policy: cancellationpolicycourses

Teaching and learning material

Handout Speed Reading      Version_April2019

Teaching methods

Seminar; assignments

Number of participants




Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100 % participation