The amount of information readily available and utilised in our everyday lives is constantly increasing and it can sometimes feel overwhelming how much we need to read and retain in order to be up-to-date and well-informed, especially in the public sector. Whether sifting through large quantities of emails, having to read long reports or researching information from a number of sources, it is increasingly important to access and retain relevant information quickly.

Does this describe you when you read?

  • Your eyes frequently have to skip back
  • You get easily bored
  • You often lose your concentration
  • You forget much of what you have read
  • You take a long time to get to the main points, or confuse them with minor ones

If so, host this highly interactive one-day In-House training course and free up much needed time in order to increase productivity and make room for other competing tasks in your working day.

Learning Outcomes

  • At least double, or event treble your reading speed
  • Develop a wide range of speeds – ‘different speeds for different reads’
  • Concentrate better, for longer; dealing with mind-wandering
  • Discover how to absorb and retain more of what you read
  • Learn tips and techniques for reading fast and effectively from the computer screen
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
[email protected]


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09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:45

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Course Objectives and Initial Tests

  • Initial tests to measure delegates’ current reading performance
  • Understand what could be achieved
09:45 - 11:00

PART 1: The Physical Process of Reading – “Making Your Eyes Work Better”

Current Reading Habits: How and Why They Cause Problems

  • Controlling regressions (re-reading words, sentences and paragraphs)
  • “Chunking” – reading in groups of words
  • Controlling sub-vocalisation – the internal voice
  • Recognise your weaknesses and know how best to target these

Initial Exercises and Drills to Overcome Your Own Physical Bad Reading Habits

11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:45

Putting into Practice Key Speed Reading Techniques

  • Eye Control Tests
  • Practise the techniques learned so far through a series of reading exercises
  • Comprehension Tests to measure reading speed and comprehension
  • Understand which techniques best suit your reading habits
12:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 15:00

PART 2: The Mental Process of Reading – “Making Your Brain Work Better”

  • Causes of poor concentration
  • Practical ways to concentrate better for longer
  • The connection of reading speed and concentration
  • How long to read before concentration wanders
  • Dealing with Bias and ‘Mental Objections’
  • Uncover techniques for reading more effectively from a computer screen

Further Exercises and Drills to Consolidate on What You Have Learnt and Achieved Thus Far

How to Comprehend, Absorb and Retain More

  • Previewing – its importance to achieving full comprehension and retention
  • Effective previewing techniques; using PASS©
  • How to vary pace, depending on the importance of the document
  • Getting the comprehension you require
  • Effective skimming techniques – the ‘zig-zag’, ‘the big S’, ‘ski-reading’

Exercises in Previewing and Speed Reading with Good Comprehension

15:00 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

15:15 - 16:00

How to Remember More; How and When to Take Effective Notes

  • Why our memory often fails us
  • How to remember more – basic steps to take
  • Retaining more from connections and commitment
  • Note-taking – when and how

Use the skills learned during the day to measure final speeds, comprehension and retention

Trainer’s Summing Up

  • Knowing how to apply the skills after the course
  • Discuss practice required for long-term reinforcement
  • Take away a complete summary of the main learning points of the course for future reference
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close