Are You a Reading Genius?
Are You A Reading Genius? Indeed.
Were we taught to read well in school? It's easy to be a critic, but teachers
can only transmit to students what they themselves were taught. They
were trained in Reading-Aloud, not Silent Reading. You learned to read aloud.
When do you read out loud in real life? Reading a book, article or report? Nyet.
You read to yourself - silently. Giving a presentation? Nada, it sounds too contrived. At a job interview? Not. You are almost always a Silent-Reader.
In school the teacher read stories aloud to us. We were called on to stand up
and read passages from our textbook. It was as if we were all training to be
sportscasters. Forget that mental noise. Reading is a visual decoding process.
Reading is a silent mental strategy, but we were trained in school to hear all the words on the page pronounced in our head. So what?
It slowed our reading down to a snail's pace, and still does. Only speed readers hear less than 49% of the words read, the rest are visualized and comprehended without an echo. It absolutely doubles your reading speed.
Identifying (Decoding) Words From Letters
Secret Revealed: when we read we identify the text not by sounding the words out,
nor seeing the correct spelling, but by the SHAPE of the words in a sentence. Get this please:
We comprehend (decode symbols) by paying Attention to the First and Last letters of the words. It is based on our past experiences, and correctly predicting the words we will see. Can you really predict words consistently well?
Read These Three Paragraphs - If You Dare.
"Iff yuo gvie Seepdlarnign.rog 27 mniurts of parcteic fro 7
cnosceuitve dyas, yuoo wlili premnanelty 2x (duolbe) yuoor
raednig seepd, adnd aad aoubt 50% tou yuoor mormey -
orr tzhe smemiar ist Feere!"
"Huuh? Inn 10 yaesrs lses thean hallf off 1% off sutendtts annd
ecxeuctvies aksded fur a tiuitont rfenud . Tahats whyy whe r sew
"Seepdraednig gardautned 2-meliloin sutendtts annd ecxeuctvies
adnn tehh Wihte Huose satefes off furor U.S. Persdidnts:
Inquiring Minds Must know:
"If you give SpeedLearning.org 27 minutes of practice for
7 consecutive days, you will permanently 2x (double) your
reading speed, and add about 50% to your memory -
or the Seminar is Free."
"Huh? In ten-years less than half of 1% of students and executives
asked for a tuition refund. That's why we are so sure."
"Speed Reading graduated 2-million students and executives, and
the White House staffs of four U.S. Presidents:
And The Point is
In the Knowledge Economy, intelligence is King, and more so every
year in the 21st century.
If you can read the gobblygook misspellings I used to distort the meaning and purpose of aforemenitoned three paragraphs, you can quickly discover how to read-and-remember three (3) books, articles, and reports, instead of just one.
Would you have a competitive advantage in school and career by reading,
learning and remembering three loads of information while your peers
can hardly finish one? Ask us for these strategies to be competitive.
Why Are These Rules So Easy to Remember
a) "What you resist, persists!" Carl Jung, Psychologist
b) "You Snooze, you Lose!" Evelyn Wood
d) "We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are."
Rhythm Induces Long-Term Memory
Can you think of six words that rhyme with CIVIL < Greek - citizen
Examples: trivial, drivel, and snivel.
What you rhyme creates visual imagery, and encodes into long-term memory.
When you are speaking to your boss or a career peer, do you know the next
words that will emit from your vocal cords? How about when you are
writing, do you know in advance the specific words you will create in the
Somehow they just appear, just as your Word Processor
magically types words, sentences, and paragraphs - spontaneously.
Is it based on short-term and long-term memory?
The secret is the Association Cortex in your brain. It binds signals from your
Primary Sensory and Motor Modalities, and creates Emergent psychological
properties. See below.
Examples: language and learning, emotion, spatial analysis, memory,
and planning. They all use the law of Association.
Define Association: to convert a thought to an emotion, feeling or memory.
To link, connect, and unite. Memory is best improved by taking the NEW
idea or knowledge, and link it to and OLD long-term memory.
Use novelty, a joke (humor), something ridiculous, exaggeration, out-of-proportion
ideas because you Surprise Broca and Wernicke areas in your Frontal and Temporal cortices.
Your brain is similar to your Inner Child, it loves the bizarre and arbitrary, not the logical and sane.
Check out Mnemonics - ‘Clues-Cues-and-Mental Triggers' Google: acronyms - first-letters create a word - IBM from International Business Machine.
copyright © 2009 H. Bernard Wechsler