Hey bloggers… This is my first article… It’s not nice to be left alone, while all u guys are enjoying here… isn’t it?
Anyway, PhotoReading, I read about this a week back. I went to Novelty Book-fare where I found this amazing book “Rapid Reading”. Few quotes on the cover page caught my attention.
“Learn to read 25,000 words per minute” – Unbelievable huh!!!
“Read 100% faster – immediately” – heheh…
“Absorb hours of information in minutes” – I can’t wait to do that…
I read this book, and it’s superb. I’d like to share it with you guys.. There are 5 steps to this PhotoReading.
5- Rapid Read
Step 1 – Prepare
That author says that reading begins with a clear sense of purpose. It’s very true. In this stage you’ve to consciously state the desired outcome from what you are about to read.
Step 2 – Preview
In the preview stage you survey that book trying to sense the structure of the book. Going through the TOCs and introduction will help. You can gather a list of trigger words which embodies the core concepts or events. These trigger words will alert our minds to the details we might want to explore more thoroughly later. Previewing gives us the skeleton (like X-raying) of the book. During the next step we add body to this skeleton. :))
Step 3 – PhotoRead
The PhotoReading technique begins with placing ourselves more fully into the relaxed, alert state of mind and body called the accelerated learning state. Then we adjust our vision for the PhotoFocus state. Here the aim is to use our eyes in a new way: instead of bringing individual words into sharp focus, we soften our eyes so that our peripheral vision expands and the whole printed page comes into view. “At a rate of one page a second, we can PhotoRead a while book in three to five minutes. This is not traditional Reading.”
PhotoFocus creates a physical and mental window – allowing direct exposure of the incoming visual stimuli to the brain. In this state, we mentally photograph the entire page, exposing it to the preconscious processor of the mind. The exposure of each page stimulates a direct neurological response. The brain performs its function of pattern recognition, unencumbered by the critical/logical thought process of the conscious mind.
After PhotoReading, we may have little if any of the material in conscious awareness, which means we may consciously know nothing. The next step creates the mental awareness we need… Keep reading…
Step 4 – Activate
During activation we re-stimulate the brain – probing the mind with questions and exploring parts of the text to which we feel most attracted. We then super read the most important parts of the text by scanning quickly down the center of each page or column of type.
When we feel it is appropriate, we dip into the text for more focused reading to comprehend the details. In dipping, we allow our intuition to say, “Hey, turn to the last paragraph on page 147! Yes, that’s the one. The ideas you want are right there.”
Step 5 – Rapid Read
This final step of the PhotoReading whole mind system is closest to conventional reading and speed reading. While rapid reading, we move our eyes quickly through the text, starting at the beginning and going straight through to the end. We take as much time as we need, feeling free to adjust our reading speed depending upon the complexity, prior knowledge, and importance of the material. Rapid reading directly involved the conscious mind and satisfies our need for clear comprehension.
Remember, this step takes place after the other steps of the system. Those steps make us increasingly familiar with the text.
I’ve PhotoRead a few books since I read this book, but I haven’t been able to activate none of the books yet. I’m still trying. The most important thing in PhotoReading is that you’ve to believe in it. You’ve to believe that you can PhotoRead and you will be able to read at the rate of 1 page/sec, once you master this book.
Please share it with me, if any of you have experienced this reading technique.