I’ve recovered from my brain overload and I’m finally going over my notes from the last two videos in Jim Kwik’s mini-series.
Here’s what I learned from Video #3- Rapid Reading:
For the speed reading assessment, viewers need to grab a hard cover fiction book, a pen, and a timer. Next, use the pen to put a dot in the margin on the first page. Then, read until one minute is up. Put a mark in the margin next to the last line you read. Then count the total number of lines you read. (It counts as a line if you read more than half-way across the page.)
Jim considered the reader in the video, Awesome Mark, as average with 20 lines or 200 wpm (words per minute). Multiply your score by 10 to get wpm. Your score depends on the book– how many words per line it has. Most books have 10 words per line.
Five obstacles to effective reading:
- Lack of education (Reading is a skill you learn.)
- Lack of focus (People feel like if they read faster their comprehension goes down. Not so.)
- Sub-vocalization (This means you hear your inner voice reading along with you. This is limiting since you can only read as fast as you can speak.) You don’t have to say the word to understand it. 25,000 wpm is Guinness World Record.
- Regression (Means back-skipping.) People tend to re-read sections unconsciously and it interrupts the process.
- Limiting beliefs (You either believe you can or believe you can’t.)
Speed reading gives you the ability to focus.
Children are role-models for reading. People who read using their finger as a visual pacer will double their reading speed. Your eyes are attracted to the motion of your finger. Your sense of touch and sight are closely linked. It is how your neurology is set up.
Tips to read faster and understand what you read:
1) Use your finger while you read
2) Use your finger on you left hand while you read (this engages more of the right side of your brain)- Brain Body/Body Brain Connection- There is an Oxford Study that showed jugglers have bigger brains. Jim recommends you learn to juggle! “As your body moves, your brain grooves.” Jim Kwik tweetable!
Go back and practice using your finger to underline what you read. Don’t skip words! Keep your finger off the page due to friction. You don’t want to catch the book on fire!
Practice. Practice. Practice.
In just five minutes, Awesome Mark improved his score to 350 wpm (more than 50%) by using the new technique! I guess his brain caught on fast!
How did you manage?
1) Use it or lose it
2) Teach it/share video http://kwiklearning.com/mini/videos/
3) Leave Jim Kwik a comment or question on facebook
4) Check out the final video in his series