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this email. Then activate with super reading and dipping, skittering, or rapid reading. Hi again PhotoReader! A week has passed already and it is time for our coaching appointment. If this is a good time right now, it should only take you a few moments to grab the ideas that will support you. If you must wait, at least PhotoRead this email now and establish a time when you will come back to activate it.
****** Persistence Is Everything ****** Persistently use the skills you have learned to create the greatest results. I find it interesting that our surveys of PhotoReaders show that even if they never use some skills, the course benefited their reading abilities. Those that use the skills created the most benefit in their personal and professional lives. If you have not yet finished listening to the course, persistence pays. Keep scheduling time to listen and do the exercises. It is reassuring to know the course is always there for you when you can get to it. And scheduling the time now will ensure you complete it.
****** Keep PhotoReading ****** PhotoRead as much as you can in the first three months. Do you have books around your home that you have wanted to get into? Do it! Even if you activate only one out of ten, PhotoRead every day. For best up front and immediate results, choose books you have a strong desire to read. Interest, curiosity, purpose, desire...they all make a difference. Build success with those books, and all other books will be much easier. We expect that you should PhotoRead 30 to 50 books in the first few months, and while that is a lot, it is quite reasonable. Many PhotoReaders go through 10 books a day for months on end. Continuous PhotoReading builds neural connections and contributes to your greater skills.
TIP: If you PhotoRead more than one book at a single sitting, go from one book to the next without going through the "3 to 1" relaxation each time. Affirm a clear purpose and finish each book with a strong closing affirmation to "tag" each book more clearly for later activation.
****** Regular Reading is Last ****** Let your mind work for you. This course is about gaining new possibilities beyond regular reading. Since you already know how to read, you must challenge yourself to go past the normal "default" position of regular reading. Before you read anything, from an email to a report or book, always prepare by establishing your purpose and getting into the ideal state. Quickly preview it so that know what you are getting into. With anything longer than a page or two, PhotoRead it then use the activation steps. Only use regular reading as a final step in the PhotoReading whole mind system. Even with novels that you intend to read in the old style for enjoyment, use the PhotoReading step before you read. And when you read, make sure you follow the directions for Step 5: Rapid reading TIP: When reading a novel, prepare, preview for a minute or 5, PhotoRead, then rapid read. Essentially, you are eliminating Step 4: Activation.
****** Postview to Make the Most of Your Activation ****** Postviewing immediately after PhotoReading has proven to be a powerful lead into activation. Postviewing is the same as previewing (survey, pull out trigger words, and review; total of 5-8 minutes) with the addition of 5-7 minutes of exploring the book to formulate questions. That means postviewing should take no more than 12-15 minutes at the max. Then, STOP! Choose NOT to read the book further. Get away from the text to let it incubate. The more powerful your desire, the stronger your "response potential" to finish getting the comprehension you desire. It fuels your brain to do the work of building necessary neural connections. Your intention along with the internal connections will facilitate your further activation step, and give you the comprehension you desire.
****** Activation Means Getting ACTIVE! ****** The most common mistake of new PhotoReaders is to think that activation is a passive remembering of the text, much like what would happen after reading. Activation after PhotoReading is totally different. After all, PhotoReading did not place the text into your conscious memory. So when you look there, what will you find? Little or nothing! Let's review. PhotoReading uses the preconscious processor to expose text to the brain. The brain works exceedingly fast, processing visual information at 10,000,000 bits of information a second. Only 40 bits/second are consciously perceived. So where is the rest of that information? Memory is non-local. It is all over the brain. To build a primary conscious memory, you must actively construct relevant meaning from the text. That is activation. Activation means actively going back to THE TEXT, not to your primary conscious memory. After PhotoReading, your mind will guide you to the relevant passages within the text that fulfill your purpose, but you have to open the text and move through it. That way your brain can say, "Hey there it is!" Use the steps of activation to consciously gain a 4-11% of the text, building a mental summary of the text into your primary working memory. That 4-11% is connected to the rest of the supporting text, which will arise in your conscious mind when you need it. In addition to postviewing and incubation, Step 4: Activation techniques include super reading, dipping, skittering, mind mapping, and a number or others related to connecting with your nonconscious memory (discussing, dreaming, imagestreaming, test taking, etc). All are designed to move you actively through the text to link your nonconscious memory web with your purpose and build the conscious comprehension you need.
****** Worried That You Will Miss Something? ****** Let it go. Worry is a killer of your brain's abilities. You will get everything you need by using the five steps of the PhotoReading whole mind system. If you try to comprehend everything too soon, you shut down the remarkable skills of your brain. Because reading has always been a totally conscious process, we all learned to make sure we
comprehend 100% as we go. Unfortunately that is ALL WRONG. As Dr. Frank Smith writes in his book Reading Without Nonsense: "Readers who are afraid of making a mistake as they read, of not comprehending every detail, will overload short-term memory and confuse themselves into complete bewilderment. And readers who try to cram too much into long-term memory will not only find that they have nothing to remember for their efforts, but also succeed in transmuting sense into nonsense in the process."
****** Take The Five-Day Test ****** When you want to convince yourself that your brain can PhotoRead successfully, take the FiveDay Test: Day 1 -- Select a book you are interested in reading. Don't choose a difficult or a thick book for this test. Prepare and PhotoRead the book. Day 2 -- Prepare, preview for no more than two minutes, and PhotoRead the book. Postview for 15 to 20 minutes, including writing trigger words and questions you are eager to answer. Day 3 -- Prepare and PhotoRead. Then super read and dip so that you get through the entire book in the thirty minutes. Do not worry about comprehension. At the end, review your trigger words to get a feeling for how much recognition may be coming together for you. Day 4 -- Prepare and PhotoRead. Spend the rest of the thirty minutes super reading and dipping or skittering the entire book, at a pace that will get you through the book by the end of the session. Again, look at your trigger words, and formulate additional questions following the mind probing technique. Day 5 -- Prepare and PhotoRead. Look at the Table of Contents and go to the sections that you feel you need more information. Super read and dip or skitter to answer specific questions. Rapid read if you do not have specific questions but want more information. Save ten minutes at the end to mind map the book. Keep it simple, limiting the amount of detail. The goal is not to mind map the entire contents of the book, but to mind map the book as it relates to your purpose for choosing the book in the first place. At this point you have spent two hours plus a bit. Most people will see the book coming together for them. Many feel they have enough information and that they know the book. The goal is not
to know the book 100 percent-that doesn't even happen with regular reading. You may want to spend two more "Day 4s," but it is likely you will say that you know everything in the book you need. You may find it fun to review your mind map after a few days to recognize your grasp of the material. Overall, you should finish with the book in about one-third the time it would take to read the book in the traditional manner. ****** Your Next Step ****** Until my next email, feel free to contact our PhotoReading coaching staff at Learning Strategies Corporation, or logon to the discussion forum at http://www.LearningStrategies.com/Forum . In the coming week, review the steps of activation written in your course manual. Remember to follow the steps of the system for all reading materials. PhotoRead books, even if you choose not to activate them. Notice your expanding peripheral awareness. Enter states of relaxed alertness if you ever feel yourself overwhelmed by life. When you activate, super read and dip or skitter, then mind map and discuss what you know. Use as many of the multiple intelligences as you can. In the next email I will describe how to pick the best activation technique to achieve highly fluent reading with different types of materials. I'll explain how to use them and when not to use them. P.S. If you need a little boost for your PhotoReading, check out the "Get Around To It" Paraliminal. Listen to it once, and you'll find yourself PhotoReading everything in sight! Best of all: it's only $29.95. Go to: http://www.LearningStrategies.com/Paraliminal/GetAround.asp
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