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Faster reading techniques – A method to ameliorate performance among first MBBS students

Chaitra N D, Veena C N, Prashanth Kumar M, Puneet K Nagendra, Shiva Murthy N.


Background: The reading speed depends on the level at which these organs are trained to help the reader use them earnestly. Research related to fast reading courses affirms that the reading speed can be greatly increased without sacrificing comprehension by learning to make use of visual information at a single glance and by ignoring the inner speech. With the change in curriculum by National Medical Commission, adopting faster reading techniques would help in holistic development of future physicians of first contact.

Aim and Objectives: The objectives of the study were to study the effects of faster reading techniques on reading and comprehending capabilities among students.

Materials and Methods: Students were instructed to read the material given to them within a time limit of 2 minutes and answer the questions at the end of 2 minutes before and after employing fast reading techniques.

Results: The results of the present study showed a statistically significant increase in reading speed and performance of the individuals after delivering instructions pertaining to fast reading techniques.

Conclusion: In the light of our findings, it is recommended that faculty members in medical education need to train and encourage students extensively on the use of faster reading strategies such as skimming and scanning for better academic performance.

Key words: Faster Reading Techniques; First Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Students; Reading Speed; Comprehension; Performance

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