This week I am attending an online seminar called “Reboot Your Brain”, which you can learn more about if you scroll down past my review of the Photoreading session I listened to by Paul Scheele, PhD, which was the session I was most interested in.Scheele’s company put together a deal for listeners of this seminar where you can buy their photo-reading course for $100 (4 payments of $25), instead of the $245 that it normally is. When he talked about computer programmers being able to find bugs and fix them, I was able to sell my husband on it, because that’s what he does. He told me that it makes a lot of sense to him because it seems to him like the best programmers spend a lot of time away from the computer, letting their mind absorb what they are working on. Programming is a creative art. This photoreading course is designed for adults so there’s hope for me, but yipee, it’s also something I can teach my kids. I feel like I’ve been sort of in a rut as far as figuring out how to give my older kids an accelerated education. This kind of stuff is where it’s at, I think.
I first time I heard about photo reading was when I stumbled across this YouTube video a few years ago.
12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern 10/15/2013
12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern 10/15/2013
Paul Scheele has been in the business of helping people with accelerated learning for 31 years. What makes photo reading so different from speed reading is that speed reading is a process where you are still reading words one at a time, only faster. Photo reading is a completely different approach. With photo reading, you START at the rate of 1 page per second, then give your brain time to process what you have read. It would be hard to photo read several books a day, but you can read one or two books a day with 20 minutes devoted to each. Photo reading does not require photographic memory. Without further ado, these are my notes from listening to the seminar. I apologize if the flow is poor, this is just what I typed out for myself then decided afterward to clean up a bit and share.
First, there’s an element of self-hypnosis that we have to overcome. When we tell ourselves that we are slow readers, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We need to believe that we can photo read before we will have the ability to do it.
Set goals before reading- how much do I need to comprehend- how fast do I need to read this? Don’t passively read the book without knowing what you wish to accomplish by reading it.
Photo reading = Speed reading+ accelerated learning.
Accelerated learning has three steps,
- Decoding- getting a big picture of what you’ll be learning quickly.
- What Paul calls the “concert”. The concert is where you download a lot of information- get the full spectrum of what is taught.
- Activate. If you try to retain and remember everything in a new topic all at once and great speed, the conscious mind will shut down the learning process.
Reference to“Drawing on the right side of the brain”, where they draw the negative area around the picture. (I have this book, I should read it! I am always hearing great things about it.)
So many of us, reading a text, will get to the end of a page and will wonder what we read- we didn’t process it.
But our eyes saw it.
Our processor is slow.
We have to bypass that processor.
With photo-reading, look at the picture.
When we look at a large painting, we’re going to see the whole thing.
We don’t analyze the brush strokes first, nor do we look at a painting in small chunks from left to right.
The brain perceives thing holistically- starting with the whole and then looking to the parts.
Photo reading looks at the whole book.
Then the brain says, “Hey, the thing you’re looking for is on page 131, that’s what you need to look at- then the brain processes what it saw there.
Traditional speed reading- still stuck in the paradigm of looking at one word at a time. Reference to “Reading dynamic”.
The fastest readers are photo readers, not “speed readers”. Photo reading is a different paradigm. You don’t start slow, you START at one page a second. The ability is already there, they just give you a protocol, or a strategy for making it work for you.
Overview of 5 steps- prepare, preview, photo read, post view, activate.
Preparing. Get the materials in front of you. Relaxed alertness. Establish your purpose- how much will I read? How much time will I take? You’re not passively reading. Most of us read slowy trying to comprehend and retain as we go- which slows us down. Traditional study makes us read even slower. Mention of “tangerine technique”. Imagine putting a tangerine floating behind the back of your head. This will help you focus by activating that part of your brain. Scholars of the past often had funny hats that helped people focus by having the hats touch a little spot in back of the head to help you.
Preview the material. What is the book going to be about? What is the author trying to tell me? Why do I want to read this book? Glance through table of contents and back cover. Take about one minute.
Photo read- look at center crease, look at the white space on the page. Flip the page, every two seconds. As you flip, chant to yourself, “re-lax, re-lax”. Get the conscious mind out of there so the non-concious mind can do it’s work. Pre-concious processor is the thing that sees 10-million bits of information every second. When you are done, give yourself affirmations that the material is all in your head and that you will be able to draw out what you need to see. If you are on a computer, click page down, don’t scroll.
Post-view- this is where you start examining the book. Formulate questions- what am I most interested in? Don’t read it again yet, just formulate the question. Ask 5 or 6 key questions. Then step away from the book. MOVE AWAY FROM THE BOOK. Professional writers often sleep on what they read- you need to give your brain a chance to catch up. 20 minutes- next day- just give it some time.
Activate- Hmm, I think Chapter 3 looked great, let’s go back to it. “Dipping”- your chance to dip into what you wanted to know. Answer those 5-6 quesitons. Now you’ve gotten 4-11 percent of the book. If you crossed out the words in an article or book that didn’t have the key meaning in it, you would be left with 4-11 percent of the words. Dance with the words instead of plodding through it. Newspaper writers know that 90 percent of content should be in title, subtitle, and 1st paragraph. Mind mapping helps you find find what you need. 20 minutes per book. If you needed to write a college paper, you may want to spend 45-90 minutes.
Computer programmers can photo-read to find bugs!!!!!!!
Photo readers can (have) pick up novels in languages they do not know and explain the story. (Tamsyn’s side note- this sounds a lot like Hado reading!!!!)
Closing statements, ask ourselves what can the brain do?
When he got his PHd he focused on what happens- on understanding what happens- when people have a transformative change in their life.
We construct our reality in a very literal way. We can change our reality. Don’t discount yourself. Don’t give yourself limitations. People who tear up their textbooks after school never learned to learn, they had poor learning strategies.
My favorite quote, “The purpose of education is the liberation of human genius. It’s not about instruction anymore.” That’s what his life’s work is all about.
I hope you’ll join me in attending this one of a kind event. You will leave with a deeper understanding of how your brain works and how you can change your brain for a happier, healthier life.