Welcome to “Unlocking the Secrets of Memory Improvement: Chapter Thirteen.” In this segment, we explore memory enhancement techniques to transform your memory. Whether you’re a student, a professional, or an individual, this chapter will unlock the doors to improved memory. Join us on this journey as we uncover the strategies and approaches that make Chapter Thirteen a pivotal point in your quest to enhance memory. We’ve almost forgotten about our speed reading courses in grade school. How agonizing those periods were!
The Need for Speed Reading
Welcome to the Chapter Thirteen of our journey into the fascinating world of memory improvement. In this installment, we delve into the art of speed reading. What’s the connection between memory improvement and speed reading, you ask? Well, you’re about to discover that they go hand in hand. Buckle up as we explore the philosophy of Evelyn Wood, ponder why some folks read slowly, and highlight the remarkable Evelyn Wood Reading Course along with recent developments in the world of speed reading.
The Wisdom of Evelyn Wood
Evelyn Wood, the trailblazing educator, was the pioneer behind the philosophy that speed reading isn’t just a skill; it’s a game-changer for your memory. She believed that reading was more than just decoding words; it was about comprehending and retaining information. Speed reading, according to Wood, was a means to that end.
The subjects could read 1,500 to 6,000 words per minute and through the tests, she learned that the fastest readers did not read words individually but could read clusters of words and if called for, chunks of paragraphs. They could gauge the central message and main themes of the message with no problem.
Ms. Wood began teaching herself the same methods and was soon reading thousands of words a minute. The University of Utah tested those methods, and was first launched in Washington, DC. It spread to other parts of the United States and to Australia (1968). It is now used around the world.
Why Some People Read Slowly
Ever found yourself crawling through a book while others seem to glide effortlessly? The good news is that you’re not alone. Many factors can contribute to slow reading, including subvocalization, limited visual span, and a lack of focus. But fret not, for there’s hope!
People often complain about not being able to concentrate or understand what they were reading. The lack of concentration and comprehension are attributed to slow reading skills. People who are speed readers have a higher degree of concentration and comprehension. This is explained by the fact that their reading pace keeps up with their thinking pace.
Reading words aloud tended to slow down your speed because you had to read and then hear what you were reading. If you remember, the reading out aloud sessions stopped somewhere in grade school or high school and from that
point on, students started reading silently. By reading to yourself, you could read faster because there was no need to hear the word in your mind. By seeing it only, you can read much faster. Note that the average person reads 200-400 words per minute. By doubling or tripling that speed, imagine how much more and how much faster you can gobble up your favorite books…and comics, if you will.
Through the wisdom of Evelyn Wood, we unearth the secrets to conquering these obstacles and unlocking your inner speed reader. The key is to break free from the habit of reading aloud in your head, widen your visual span, and practice staying focused. It might take some time, but the rewards are worth it.
Evelyn Wood Reading Course
The Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics course is now on its 35 year – a long time since it was first taught in the University of Sydney, Australia. If you’re serious about enhancing your reading speed and, consequently, your memory, then the Evelyn Wood Reading Course is your golden ticket. This course is renowned for its effectiveness in transforming average readers into lightning-fast, comprehension-enhanced bibliophiles.
The course description and FAQS are well explained. The course welcomes people aged 9 to 90, but the recommendation is that younger students at least have a high school education. It also reminds readers that it is not a remedial course, but one that is designed to improve reading and comprehension skills.
Recent Developments in Speed Reading
Our research reveals that numerous courses have sprung up since 1968, the year of the Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics Course. The way we see it, the most striking development is the software development aspect. We’re not aware if the plastic-coated pamphlets which we were familiar with decades ago are still in use.
As with any skill, speed reading continues to evolve. Recent developments in speed reading techniques and technology are making it easier than ever to boost your reading speed. From apps that train your eyes to read faster to techniques that help you process information more efficiently, the possibilities are expanding every day.
One notable recent development is the integration of technology with speed reading. Various apps and software now offer customizable training programs, allowing you to tailor your speed reading journey to your needs. The best part is that you can practice at your own pace, gradually building your skills and improving your memory as you go. Chapter Thirteen is a pivotal juncture in your journey toward memory enhancement and cognitive empowerment.
In conclusion, the connection between memory improvement and speed reading is undeniable. The philosophy of Evelyn Wood, the exploration of slow reading, the invaluable Evelyn Wood Reading Course, and the exciting recent developments in speed reading all contribute to this essential connection. So, if you’re ready to supercharge your memory and reading skills, it’s time to embrace the world of speed reading with open arms. Happy reading!