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Fast Reading for Reading Comprehension

May 26th, 2011 | 4 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Reading Comprehension – Fast Reading

We keep on getting requests from FireUp patrons (both paid and unpaid users) to publish various tips which could help them in their preparation for CAT or other MBA entrance examinations.

Good News for You!!

There’s good news for all of you. Now onwards FireUp’s Free CAT Prep section will feature exclusive CAT prep tips. We hope all of you will make full use of FireUp’s new initiative. We can make it successful only with your participation. So write to us your suggestions, requests, and feedbacks. Email id is info@fireup.co.in

Here’s our first post under this initiative

Biggest hindrance to speed reading and its solution

Subvocalization limits your reading to the speed of normal speech to about 200-300 wpm only. It is the tendency to pronounce words as they are read. Activating parts of the brain related to pronouncing limits the reading speed to 250 wpm only. This common flaw is what limits performance of average readers.

Eliminating Subvocalization to Increase Reading Speed

So how can we get rid of the “inner voice” that reduces our reading speed? Here are a number of ways to speed-read by eliminating subvocalization:

Simply the Process

As discussed earlier in Speed Reading post, below-average readers are slowed down when they read word for word. From this, they either verbally or mentally hear themselves voice each word before finally comprehending the meaning of each word. However, there is a better way. The faster way eliminates the practice of hearing your own voice reading each word – you glance at the word and go directly to understanding its meaning.

Adjust the Speed

This actually reinforces initial efforts to shortcut the process as stated above. Step up eye movements across the page to prevent the inner voice from actually verbally or mentally saying the text you are reading. Pick-up the pace of the finger, hand, pen, or card movements as you go over the material. The objective here is to distract you and skip the subvocalization process in order to speed up the reading process.

Consider the reading material in entirety

When reading, people have the tendency to focus on the word or blocks of words only, paying no attention to the whole thought and idea expressed in the sentence, paragraph, and reading material as a whole. Shift the focus on the entire idea expressed in the book, article, or any reading material you are holding.

Constant practice with these techniques increases the number of words read at each eye stop and picks up your pace in reading.

Buy FireUp Reading Comprehension module for detailed description of various techniques like the one discussed above and for thousands of practice questions and tests.

CAT Data Interpretation Questions

May 21st, 2011 | 4 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Sample Data Interpretation CAT Questions: Direction for next 4 Data Interpretation Questions:

The following pie chart and tables give information about the cement industry.

Data Interpretation

1. How much cement was produced in 1994-95 (in million tones), if all raw material other than coal were in abundance?
a. 40.36
b. 41.12
c. 41.36
d. 41.21

2. If the coal supplied to the cement industry had been 10% more than original value in 1994-95, then how many additional million tones of cement would have been produced?
a. 4.036
b. 4.112
c. 4.136
d. Cannot be determined

3. If the production cost of cement is Rs 8,500 per tonne, then what is the contribution of overheads to the cost of producing 500 kg of cement?
a. Rs. 106.25
b. Rs. 111 25
c. Rs. 212. 50
d. Rs. 223

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Interview of Ravi Handa: Author of Biz World

May 19th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Early this week I spent a fascinating hour with Ravi Handa – author, trainer, blogger, quiz master and above all an amazing person. I’d like to share that interview with you as an example of a person who is doing everything to help students struggling in competitive examinations. His latest endeavor is an amazing book named ‘Biz World’

About the book:

‘Biz World’ is everything you wanted to know about major Global and Indian companies like the history behind their names, the names of their founders and current heads, their taglines, etc. Students, appearing for competitive examinations that test Business Awareness, will find this collection of information extremely valuable.The book aims to satiate the hunger of a curious mind by providing a number of interesting questions and ‘fundas’ from varied sectors right from airlines and automobiles to magazine covers and scams.

About the author:

Ravi Handa has studied Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kharagpur. After that he has been involved in guiding students to clear competitive examinations and conducting quizzes at various colleges like the IITs, BITS and XLRI.

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Books to read before going to B-School

May 4th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

I have been asked these questions a lot of times. The wordings of the questions may be different but the underlying query is the same.

I am sure you might also have similar questions in your mind as mentioned below –

  • What books should I read before I go to MBA College? Or,
  • Suggest me the best books before I go for my MBA? Or,
  • Good books to read prior to MBA, or,
  • Interesting books to read to develop reading habits before I go to B-School

Today I thought of writing this post with these questions in mind to help everyone reading FireUp’s blog. I believe you need to be a voracious reader to be successful as a manager. I am giving you a list of books which I feel is must read for every MBA aspirant. So here goes the list –

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