Law of Primacy?
We humans will remember the first thing we study, hear or see,
and the last thing – before we ceased and desisted.
The great middle ground is lost forever unless we have a learning-strategy for retention and long-term memory. We start strong and lose the way, but the
last part of the text has stickiness.
Speed Reading Patterns
If you do not immediately implement your speed reading strategy when
you begin a new reading process – you will absolutely revert to your
life-long snailing habits.
You may be a trained 1,200 words per minute reader, instead of the average
200 words per minute snailer – but if you do not consciously start-off with a
speed reading warm-up for 50 seconds – you will be reading at your old,
reinforced, programmed 200 words per minute.
Reason: you learned to read in the 3rd grade, reading one-word at a time,
hearing the words recited in your mind, and exclusively using a hard-focus.
By now your left-brain is programmed with snailing neuropathways that
kick-in by auto-pilot – unless you command yourself to cease-and-desist.
How? You do 50 seconds of speed reading warm-ups before you go to bat with
First Warm-up Exercise
The Z with a Diagonal is the fastest speed reading strategy. It is underlining
the sentences using your pacer (pen, RasterMaster and Cursor), moving at
three-times your normal reading speed. Use the Skimming exercise down one-page.
You estimate how fast to Skim using the Z with a Diagonal. It is three-times
your old snailing speed of 200 words per minute. Skim at about six-hundred
words per minute moving your eyes left-to-right and right-to-left down the
Comprehension may appear to be zero, yet your brain uses peripheral (soft)
focus to absorb the main points (topics), of the texts. Your eye-pattern
movements down the page exercise your fourteen eye-muscles and set them
up for speed reading later at up to 600 words per minute.
Second Warm-up Exercise
This is called Double Chunking – using your pacer to underline the words
down the page by dividing the sentences into two-separate clauses. Your Pacer
moves left-to-right, left-to-right down the page.
We call this exercise Scanning – and it is reading at up to 500 words per minute.
At this speed your brain picks up specific details like names, dates and places.
Once again you consciously believe you are not obtaining perfect comprehension,
yet your brain is absorbing key points in the text for long-term memory.
What is important in these warm-up exercises is not comprehension – that comes later – it is getting your eye-pattern-movement to control the field-of-vision on the page.
Third Warm-up Exercise
The final speed reading strategy is called Triple-Chunking – using your pacer to underline the words down your page – by separating each sentence into three-clauses. Your pacer moves left-to-right, left-to-right down the page.
This is the slowest warm-up of the three – and called this exercise Screening. You obtain more comprehension with Screening than either Skimming or Scanning; it is used to review both the main-ideas and specifics of the text.
Your Screening speed should be up to 400 words per minute, double your old snailing speed.
Now you have changed your eye focus from Hard (narrow vision), to Soft-Focus –
using your wide, peripheral-vision. The secret is that our eyes are genetically –
motion-detectors, and our eyes instinctively follow a moving object.
Using one of your three Pacers forces your eyes to speed up to the speed of your
brain-sight. You stop snailing and reading exclusively with your left-brain, and speed read by adding your right-brain skills.
This boosts your reading to over 600 words per minute; speed readers can learn-and-remember three books, articles and report in the time others can hardly finish one.
Our goal for speed reading graduates is to have a permanent competitive-advantage, and to continuously maintain their career Fast-Track.
Reading readiness is associated with teaching little kids to read. It works with them and will permit you to triple your reading speed permanently by using these three warm-up exercises before you start the text.
Remember the names – Skimming – Scanning – and Screening. Each strategy exercises different eye muscles. There is one external muscle in each eye to control your upper-eyelid, and six internal eye muscles – a total of seven.
You own a total of fourteen-eye muscles, and training them in speed reading techniques is the difference between snailers who read 200 words per minute, and speed readers of up to 1,200 words per minute. You choose.
Copyright © 2006
H. Bernard Wechsler