Speed Reading vs. Reading:
a short synopsis of some basic differences and misconceptions
How to gain the most from the written page is not found in the technique you learned to use to gather information. The rote-memory system is failing you. Reading teachers around the world say the same thing, “If you do not read every word verbatim, then you are not getting the information”. Their statistics tell a different story.
Imagine pulling open a good long novel while sitting in your favourite chair in front of an open fireplace for a good long read. Taking your time to absorb yourself in the plot as it thickens, the evening wears on. You find that even though you have been reading for over an hour, you have only gone through about 40 pages. If you do the same thing every night for 10 days, you finally be at the end of your 400 page novel. That’s fine, if you have plenty of time to burn.
Now, imagine what your employer would say if you told him you would be happy to peruse a 400 page report over the next 10 days and get back to him then. What if you were to speed read instead? Reading Doesn’t Work!
It is no secret that when you speed read, you are neither reading everything, nor are you taking it all in for accuracy. How do you feel about your skill with speed reading? Do you feel that you have missed a lot? Even if the document now only takes you one or two hours instead of 10 hours, do you feel your accuracy of information is there? Are you confident in presenting your findings after just speed reading? Probably not.
Let’s look at the statistics. You have been told that reading is the most accurate way of dealing with information, right? Did you know that you will immediately forget 50% of what you just read? Can you imagine how ineffective reading is when you forget 95% of what you read, in only 48 hours? Did you know that if you were given a comprehensive test covering all the topics you passed tests on in school that you would most likely fail miserably as an adult?
But when you look at speed reading, you would probably think that since you are using fewer words to get your information that you would be even worse off. Right?… Wrong! Statistics prove that speed reading has higher comprehension of information, and even a longer hang time of the information than reading.
So why would people that learn speed reading, and know the statistics, go back to much slower ineffective reading for their information? Most people do not have confidence in speed reading. Even though the statistics prove otherwise, people were taught form an early age that reading is “the way”. Speed Reading Fails!
There are an amazing number of people that suffer daily with reading; dyslexics. 25% of the population has dyslexia. Since there are 7 types of dyslexia, and if you are a dyslexic, you can experience 1 or more of them at varying levels, the school systems are not equipped with specialists to properly diagnose the different types. In reaction, many dyslexics get diagnosed with ADD and ADHD instead.
For dyslexics, dealing with written information can be painful to impossible. There is a different way of dealing with the dyslexic aberration; bypass it all together. The way this can be achieved is by reteaching dyslexics to access their eidetic memory (photographic memory) instead. Dyslexia does not inhibit the photographic memory.
There is another way to gain information that is much more effective that reading or speed reading. When you were born, you had a photographic memory. It isn’t limited to just seeing either. It is a photographic memory on all senses. It is called the eidetic memory. Better yet, it is completely natural!
There is a new way to learn that uses that photographic memory you misplaced. It is called Mental Photography. It was invented in 1975 by Richard Welch from speed reading. There is still hope for those that find reading and speed reading painful to impossible.
I Don’t Read – I ZOX!