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 programme hereunder does not apply for the online course version!!

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
  • the importance of post-reading

Session 2: Three EYE skills

  • explain
  • test
  • put into practice

Session 6: Deep Reading

  • scientific texts
  • hints
  • sample and measure

Session 3: Practicing the eye skills

  • sample reading material
  • hints for screen/tablet reading
  • how to measure progress

Session 7: Information processing and the brain

  • sensory input
  • comprehension and focus
  • long term memory

Session 4: Three BRAIN skills

  • explain
  • test
  • put into practice
  • track record for further practice

Session 8: Power Reading of large volumes

  • SQ3R method
  • implement on own non-fiction book
  • tools for further practice


Time schedule & Venue

Course code Dates

Time (1 course = 2 x 0.5 days)

SPR-2122-01 8+15/10/2021 09:00-11:00 ONLINE
SPR-2122-02 8+15/10/2021 13:00-15:00 ONLINE
SPR-2122-03 19+26/11/2021 09:00-11:00 ONLINE
SPR-2122-04 19+26/11/2021 13:00-15:00 ONLINE
SPR-2122-05 04+11/02/2022 09:00-11:00 ONLINE
SPR-2122-06 04+11/02/2022 13:00-15:00 ONLINE
SPR-2122-07 13+20/05/2022 09:00-12:00 ON-CAMPUS
SPR-2122-08 13+20/05/2022 13:00-16:00 ON-CAMPUS


Registration fee

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


Please read the cancellation policy: cancellationpolicycourses

Teaching and learning material

Handout Speed Reading     

Teaching methods

Seminar; assignments

Number of participants




Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100 % participation