Not Lazy, Dumb, Nor Nuts - Now What?
Not Lazy - Dumb - Nor Nuts - Now What?
Speed Reading is a required skill.
Are you stressed-out with Information-Overload? The typical student
and executive share the inability to keep up with their required learning and reading assignments. Not enough hours in the ...
Students are getting less sleep just to keep up with their textbooks assignments, and
corporate executives are falling behind in reading relevant articles, reports,
and books. So what? They lose competitive promotions and bonuses.
Wait! About 50% of entering college students never graduate, and 65% of corporate personnel admit they are up to six-months behind in their professional reading. How come?
Research at 1,200 U.S. community colleges, with six million students, indicates
serious problems with complex thinking, keeping up with their class assignments,
and minimum passing test-scores.
Stay with me - the American Association of Community Colleges in 2009, reports
only 550,000 annual graduates, plus 295,000 yearly earning a vocational certificate.
Half the enrolled students never win a diploma, and drop-out or forced-out because
they cannot keep up with their textbook assignments.
Lazy, Dumb or Nuts
Our research shows even students with high IQs who go on to Law, Medical, and
other Graduate Schools, suffer from reading/learning deficiencies. They read and absorb text like a snail, and have weak long-term memory. Guess what? They are chronically stressed, panicked, and over-anxious.
In a surveyed group of high school and First-year College students, up to 60% are doing homework up to 1:00 am, three-times weekly, to keep up with their studies.
The next day they are mentally incapacitated for new learning and memory.
The Good News
The long-suffering student in school, and executive in his/her career can double their long-term memory, and triple their learning skills within 21 days of concentrated study of speed reading. You're thinking it's too good to be true, and
if so, how come they do not teach it in school?
Example: a New York Stock Exchange company recently trained 30 of their
young executives in speed learning on the company's time, and paid
$15,000 for the two-day live seminars. That is how important this Midwest
organization thinks Continuing Education is for their personnel.
The Human Moment
Edward M. Hallowell, Harvard School of Medicine professor, authored ‘The
Human Moment at Work'. His specialty is ADHD (Attention Deficit, Hyperactive
Disorder, and the brain structures involved.
He strongly suggests that Homo sapiens require face-to-face contact with others of
their kind to develop optimal learning and memory. So what?
Since the Internet, we spend up to 6-8 hours daily with our faceless, nameless, computer, and seem to avoid human contact like the plague. Not cool, according
to Dr. Hallowell.
Our neurons (nerve cells) fire with activity almost twice as much when we are
engaged with other living folks (not Email or Text Messaging), than solitary
study and learning.
For brilliant stars: Google: Donald O. Hebb, "The cells that fire together,
wire together." Synapses create Neural Networks for increased knowledge, accessible as long-term memory.
For Educators And Parents
If you want your children to graduate with a degree and a great career,
push them to have a Study-Buddy, and engage in group-learning.
Teams discipline each other, are both competitive and supportive.
Different structures of the brain are triggered when we study with other
folks in a group (1-2) regularly. Our mind is constantly reading the faces
of your Study-Buddies for non-verbal information and emotions.
No one wants to lose the respect (forget gossip) of your peers. We tend to
constantly activate our Anterior Cingulate Gyrus (Limbic System) for paying Attention during Team-Study, and only half-as-much in solitary-study.
The Human Moment requires: a) physical present of other folks, b) emotional
and intellectual Attention. Our research indicates an improvement in test-scores
and grades - up to 48%. Change the environment, and you optimize your hidden
gifts and talents for learning and long-term memory.
In-person Study-Buddies cause a release of two Neurotransmitters - chemicals
that change our behaviors.
1. Dopamine delivers to your brain both pleasure and Attention.
2. Seotonin reduces fear, anxiety, and worry.
Remember, chronic stress limits your memory and information processing.
Dopamine makes you feel good, and Serotonin counteracts chronic stress.
Would you be more competitive in school and career by doubling your long-term
memory, and reading three (3) books, articles, and reports in the time your peers
can hardly finish one? Ask us how.
Speed Reading is a skill for success.
copyright © 2009 H. Bernard Wechsler