Speed Reading Powerful Discovery. OMG I can’t believe it.
Hi everyone, I’ve never taken speed-reading seriously, I was more into Paul Scheeles’ photoreading whole mind system thing. I didn’t achieve the photoreading he promised, but I haven’t given up.
I came across a guy called Howard Berg who’s the worlds fastest reader. I was impressed and my dream is to beat him. Even if I don’t set a new record but I MUST achieve flipping a page in 1 or 2 seconds with at least 95% understanding.
Have you ever played the guitar? Do you sing in your shower? Or in your cousin’s car?
If you are a beginner guitar learner, do you think you can play the guitar perfectly and sing along on your first day or week of playing the guitar? If YES, then I want you to adopt me because you’re a genius. If NO, then you’re like everybody else.
Even the best guitar player cannot sing along a song he he’s not familiar with, but can play along . If you want to sing and play the guitar at the same time, then you need to MASTER how to play the guitar on it’s own and also MASTER how to sing that particular song on it’s own. Now, join both playing and singing and you’ll get Jimi Hendrix. Only singing, you’ll get Rihanna. and only guitars you’ll get David Taub. a guitar teacher.
Do you want to sing good? Or do you want to sing good and play good at the same time?
Do you want to read fast? Or do you want to read fast and understand well at the same time?
You see while people don’t succeed with speed reading. They want to do two different things they haven’t mastered at the same time, which is read-fast and understand well.
No musician can do that, and no ordinary reader can do that either, unless, you’re ‘sent from heaven’ like Keyshia Cole.
Don’t give up, here is the good news:
News1: TAKE A MONTH OUT JUST TO READ A 200 OR 300 PAGE BOOOK WITHOUT COMPREHENSION IN MIND IN AN HOUR OR LESS EVERYDAY.
The things you need are:
– Your finger/pointer/pen.
– A metronome. (I use a ticking wall clock in my room. I don’t even need to touch it because it’s always on)
– Your brain
– A book (fictional or Non fictional)
– A timer. It can be your phone or your metronome.
News2: NEVER REGRESS, BLUR YOUR EYES SLIGHTLY, DON’T WORRY ABOUT NEW AND DIFFUCULT WORDS, JUST KEEP GOING, NO TURNING BACK, NO STOPPING, NO THINKING.
– Never try to look back because you mistakenly skipped a line or you saw something funny and interesting above the line you’re on. You shouldn’t look back because the aim of this exercise is NEVER to COMPREHEND anything, but familiarize yourself with the process.
– Blur your eyes. This is a good trick to use. It reduces sub-vocalization to 5% for me, because my chatterbox and conscious mind couldn’t see the words properly, but my peripheral vision and subconcious mind does, which is more important. I’ve used EyeQ program which has helped me in expanding my peripheral vision. I can blur my eye anyhow and at any amount of minutes I want.
–Your blurred eyes should subtly follow the movement of your finger/pointer moving through every line.
– Never leave your hand/pointer, else you’ll lose contro. If you’re feeling like a prop, then you can remove your hand.
– Don’t worry about new or difficult words you come across. Just ignore them, when you gain some speed, then you begin to put those new words into consideration. If you have a recorder or a computer software (like Audacity) that can record for an hour and you’re at home, then switch it on throughout the session. When you come across a new word you should either pronounce it fast or divide it into two and spell it fast while your hand is still moving to the the ticking clock/metronome.
— Just keep going, no turning back, never stop*(but only when turning a page) and no thinking, but don’t be overwhelmed, it’ll soon become second nature. THIS IS A MILITARY TRAINING. If you don’t see it as a military training, then I doubt you’ll make it through.
Become numb during the process. Do it nonchalantly but with precision and a military minded mind. This will trick your mind to relax and enjoy the flow of words.
Just image, we only have only 26 letters word and 0-9 digits in English, yet these authors are making our lives miserable by rearranging the letters and digits to exploit us. It’s sad, but true. - All we have to do is master the puzzle and give them a run for their money.
Master the 26 letters and 0-9 digits in different forms, sounds and shapes, and you’ll be ahead of the pop club.
Summary and ad-lib:
Remember our number 1 priority of this exercise is to see every word on a line fast in 1 second with a blurred eye that oversees the entire section or page, but never pay attention to comprehending it. If you find yourself trying to understand a line or a page, then you should start over or never do it again.
For beginners only do a line per tick of the clock. Make sure your clock/metronome is sounding out loud - you won’t complain that you aren’t understanding, will you? I guess not.
Do a line per second for a week, then upgrade to 2 lines for the next week, 4 lines the third week and 10 lines for the last week of this exercise.
If you’re a student or an avid reader you’ll probably violate this exercise because you’ll want to read and understand to pass your exams or to enjoy it, which will take you back to reading word for word and you’ll complain that speed reading either doesn’t work or it reduces comprehension.
As long as you blur your eyes you’ll see the entire page or at least half of the page.
You can incorporate page numbers if you feel comfortable, as in using your number system.
Mine is musician based, because I’m one of them.
Page1: I’m reading it but I pretend it’s been read by T.I. the American rapper because he’s my #1
Page2: I’m reading it but I pretend it’s been read by Ne-Yo the American singer because he’s my #2
Page3: I’m reading it but I pretend it’s been read by M.I the Nigerian rapper because he’s my #3
Page4: I’m reading it but I pretend it’s been read by Riya the Japanese singer because she’s my #4
Page5: I’m reading it but I pretend it’s been read by Lia the Japanese singer because she’s my #5
Page6: I’m reading it but I pretend it’s been read by Joe the American singer because he’s my #6
Page7: I’m reading it but I pretend it’s been read by Kay the Canadian singer because she’s my #7
Page8: I’m reading it but I pretend it’s been read by Faye the Swedish singer because she’s my #8
Page9: I’m reading it but I pretend it’s been read by BoA the S.Korean singer because she’s my #9
And do so…
So, if I want to recall things on page 1 I’ll ask myself what was T.I. doing? Then it’ll trigger all the things I read on his behalf.
My 00-99 number system uses only an [æ] sound in the middle and they always begin with my second choice consonant because my 3, 4 and 5 digits systems use the first choice consonants.
Using the same sound helps me stay organized and it takes me less than a second to recall them. It’s just like someone saying the name OBAMA and the image appears before finishing the pronuncitiaton of the name/number.
From (0-9) and it’s corresponding first choice and second choice.
First choice: [s,t,n,m,r,l,j,k,f,b]
Sec. choice: [z,d,h,w,y,g,sh,q,v,p]
Both choices end with: [z,d,n,m,r,l,sh,k,f,p]
So, 15 will be Dal Not Tal, because Tal = 195 while Dal 15.
<strong>DICTIONARIES THAT WILL HELP</strong>
Remember, the more VOCABULARY you have in your arsenal the faster you’ll master speed reading and that’s why I have my sound dictionary where every word belongs to a group, and every group of words-by-sound has a leader and those leaders are the trigger words for any word of the group members.
So, you don’t need to remember every word in the dictionary but their leaders.
Example: Bag is the leader of all words that begin with the sound [bæg] ‘bag’ despite the spelling and is the leader of the following words: bagger, baggy, baggage, bagdad etc, but not bagle.
Get an image of a HUMAN BEING called Bag NOT an object. If you have an object it should be a supporting image, not the main leader. A human should be the leader. Just a single name. Bag as a name sounds funny, but check on twitter and you’ll get the names and images. Use the aliase not their main name.
Example: Lets say Jack Mabag uses @Bag_572 as his alias, then you don’t need to remember his full name or the digits on his name but the BAG on his name, which becomes the only name for him. You can remember any one, but the smaller the better.
A MUST have dictionary is ‘TheSages Dictionary and Thesauraus’ (it’s free) and it’ll enable you to search anything by sounds either by perfect rhymes, intial vowel rhymes, initial consonant rhymes, initial vowel cluster rhymes, middle vowel rhymes, middle consonant cluster rhymes, last vowel rhymes, last vowel cluster rhymes, last consonant rhymes, last consonant cluster rhymes and so on.
And you should also download PhoTransEdit (it’s free) and it’s job is to transcribe millions of words fast. And you can also search for rhymes, alliterations and assonances. It doesn’t have definitions for them like TheSages Dictionary.
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