In our rapidly changing and information-driven society, the ability to learn quickly is the single most important skill. Anyone Can Develop Super-Learning SkillsThis course is about improving your ability to learn new skills or information quickly and effectively. We go far beyond the kinds of "speed reading" or glorified skimming you may have been exposed to, diving into the actual cognitive and neurological factors that make learning easier and more successful. The sad irony is that in order to properly learn things like speed reading skills and memory techniques in the past, you had to read dozens of books and psychological journals to decode the science behind it.

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Start your review of The Evelyn Wood Seven-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program Write a review Jun 13, Grace rated it really liked it I have always considered myself to be a slow reader and have always wanted to improve my speed. Because I did not want to spend a lot of money taking the actual class, I decided to give this book a try. Although I cannot read with the speed that others have attained by taking the class, I have to admit that this book has allowed me to increase my speed somewhat.

I have always considered myself to be a slow reader and have always wanted to improve my speed. This book describes how to prepare yourself for reading, make your environment conducive to reading, and use hand movements to aid in gaining speed, as well as other techniques.

One thing that I discovered is that by reading faster, my mind is forced to concentrate more, and therefore I do not find my thoughts wandering as much as they used to do.

If you are interested in increasing your reading speed or comprehension, I suggest giving this book a try. The conversation started when I questioned why he added it as required rather than optional. After chatting with him for about 15 minutes, and learning more about the book, I was convinced to pick it up and read it, even if all I got from it was the ability to read at twice my current speed.

The book also includes tips and techniques for preparing for and taking tests and exams that would have been useful to me back in my university days.

Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds by the end of the book. There is a lot to learn and it DOES take practice. For example; the first technique is to read "visually" rather than saying them mentally. I am making slow progress on this one.

But yesterday after finishing the book, I found that the more I pushed myself to read faster, the fewer words I "said" to myself and the more I took them in with my eyes only. That is the first step.

So, I am halfway to my goal in only a week. The book suggests that after a month of practice, you should be able to reach your goal and possibly surpass it, depending upon how hard you work at it. Kennedy, himself a very fast reader, brought teachers from Evelyn Wood into the White House to help increase the speed of top-level members of his staff.

Furthermore, a quiz on the book showed that he was reading with more than 90 percent comprehension. But if that same student begins soaring along at the rate of 3, words per minute, he or she will be able to complete the same book in less than thirty-five minutes. The reading is executed from left to right across the page, line by line, until the page is finished. Then, the student moves through subsequent pages using the same line-by-line approach. Becoming proficient in this slower-paced technique will increase your reading speed far beyond its present rate and is an essential first step in Mentally Soaring with visual-vertical reading.

In this speed range, you are reading rather inefficiently. Your mind tends to wander, and your concentration is relatively poor. At this plateau, your subvocal linear reading has become more efficient. You regress infrequently, if at all, and are most likely making good use of the simple underlining hand motion to pace yourself. This is the highest possible speed for those using the subvocal linear approach. It does represent a significant level of achievement.

At this level you do not regress; your concentration is high; and your underlining hand motions and horizontal, linear eye movements are operating at their top level of efficiency. Conversely, trying to read or study without a goal in mind will make learning more difficult. Besides" "The Foundations of Layered Reading. Principle 1: You must learn to see and accept words and phrases out of their normal expectancy order. Principle 2: Accept visual, as opposed to auditory, reassurance as you read.

Principle 3: You must learn to read vertically. Principle 4: Understand the gestalt of what you read. This ability to make better use of peripheral vision will further enhance your ability to move down the page in groups of words, rather than across the page, word by word.

By allowing images to come in from all around your central line of vision, you can take in many words and phrases that are off center from your main focus on the page. The main goal is to understand the gestalt—the main thrust or big picture—of the book. During this phase the main goal is to absorb more detail and to begin to draft an outline" "Also, use the preview to divide the chapter into logical segments—a task which should be relatively easy with non-fiction texts, which are usually organized rather clearly.

Headings for subsections, items printed in boldface, and other highlighted material can help you identify the basic structure of the text. On the other hand, fiction—or nonfiction with a single, strong narrative flow—may be postviewed as a whole. Comprehension during this process is usually about 10—20 percent: that is, a student would be expected to answer correctly only about one to two questions out of every ten on the material. Comprehension Level 2: With a very fast preview—say about two seconds per page—the student can recognize many more facts, including some key phrases and thoughts.

He typically picks up enough information to score 20—40 percent on a comprehension test. Comprehension Level 3: With a slower, more careful preview approximately four seconds per page , the reader grasps meaningful patterns, main ideas and key themes.

Comprehension now moves up to the 40—60 percent range. Comprehension Level 4: At a reading pace slightly faster than the level at which the student feels most comfortable, he becomes even more adept at recognizing meaningful patterns, main ideas and themes. Comprehension at this level should bring scores of 60—80 percent. Comprehension Level 5: Finally, reading at a fast but comfortable pace, the student takes in all the material needed to do well on a test or to satisfy other academic objectives.

Comprehension should be 80 percent or higher. Furthermore, combining reading with rereading, post-viewing and reviewing helps the student tap his highest academic abilities. She had become frustrated with her performance at school, which ranged from B-minus to C-plus. So, on her own initiative, she enrolled in one of the Evelyn Wood courses. After only about one month of practice, her regular reading rate had risen to 1, words per minute, with a comprehension level of 85 percent.

Visual-vertical reading, in contrast, is said to pull the more intuitive right brain into the process.


Evelyn Wood (teacher)

She received a B. She spent the next two years observing individuals that, according to her assessments, read thousands of words per minute. Kennedy elevated speed-reading to a craze, or, as some saw it, a job requirement. The Woods returned to Salt Lake City to run the franchise. At the same time, Evelyn served as a paid consultant to the parent company, remaining the face of Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics to the world. While reorganizing under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Famous Artists, since renamed FAS International, sold the speed-reading concern to venture capitalists. Having remained a consultant through the changes of ownership, Wood was placed on a busy schedule of radio interviews and TV appearances.


The Evelyn Wood Seven-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program




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