[Tutorial] Speed Reading: How to increase playback speed of audio files

Here’s an easy way to increase playback speed of audio files for your Shichida speed reading home practice:

First of all, get ready some audio books or educational music files.

For Windows Media Player

If your computer has Windows Media Player, it can do up to 4x playback.

  1. Play a file, and then switch to Now Playing mode
  2. Right-click an open space in the Player (such as to the left of the Stop button), point to Enhancements, and then clickPlay speed settings
  3. Move the Play Speed slider to the speed at which you want to play the file, or click the Slow, Normal, or Fast links.To select speeds between the labelled play speeds, in the Play speed settings dialog box, clear the Snap slider to common speeds check box.

For more details, visit Change Playback Speed in Windows Media Player.

For Apple Computer

  1. Download VLC software at http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html
  2. Open VLC software
  3. Click “Open media”, choose your audio file
  4. Go to Playback, choose playback speed using the slider (for instance, 2.00x and 4.00x)

Vee enjoys it when I play music and educational audio files to him at high speed.

You may also speed play audio books, videos and slide presentations (for older children) to activate right brain memory skills. If you look at the relevant book or material when speed listening, you may practise speed reading.

Next: How to Create Your Own Audio Learning Materials

P.S. Too busy to make home practice materials? Go to:

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4 thoughts on “[Tutorial] Speed Reading: How to increase playback speed of audio files”

  1. Wow, this is good. Thanks MieVee.

    By the way, when playing the audio file at normal speed and increased speed, do you show the child the relevant material or books?


    1. mievee @ mummyshomeschool.com

      Hi Prisca, it depends. When referring to books / flashcards /etc on hand, it’s speed reading. Without material on hand, it’s speed listening. Both are highly-effective learning methods. I use a mixture of both.

      For listening and speed listening, it can also be played and looped in the background when the child is playing quietly, having meal or on the road. The child can pick the info up subsconsciously. 🙂

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