Rapid Reading Doesn’t Feel Fast To a Speed Reader

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Look at the best martial artists. They move very slowly. The faster you type, the slower it will feel to you, because you surf with your thinking.

The same thing applies to reading.  The faster you read, the more time will disappear, because you’ll be able to feed stuff to your brain as fast as your brain can process it.’

So says David Allen, author of business bestseller, ‘Getting Things Done’. Interviewed in Fast Company magazine, David Allen continues, ‘That’s why speed readers have better comprehension.  They’ve trained their eyes to recognize stuff as fast as their brain can handle it.’

During over three decades of speed reading training I have taught more than 100,000 executives and students how to read faster.

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Exercise Boosts Grades

Can exercise improve grades?

Did you know that students who are physically active do better on tests? Recent research shows regular exercise boosts your brainpower. Why? Continue reading

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Study Skills confidenceBeing focused when studying for exams is important. And a big part of being focused is staying relaxed and confident.

What thoughts go through your mind during study or leading up to the exam?

What do you tell your friends?

Negative self-talk includes statements such as:

  • ‘I’m going to fail’.
  • ‘Studying is hard.’
  • ‘I hate studying.’
  • ‘I’m not smart enough.’

You can choose your attitude. And your attitude springs from your self-talk.

Whenever you catch yourself thinking negatively, simply replace that thought with a positive one. Tell yourself instead: 

  • ‘I can do this.’
  • ‘I’m going to pass easily.’
  • ‘I now enjoy studying.’

Observe your thoughts. ?Train your mind to think only thoughts that cultivate certainty of success. Then do whatever it takes to achieve that success, and success will follow.

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Practice Past Exam Papers

Practice Past Exam Questions

What smart students do leading up to final exams is to practice retrieval using past exam papers.

By doing past papers, you are self-testing; finding out what you know and what you don’t know. You can then study up in those areas you are weak, to fill in your knowledge gaps.

If you are unsure where to locate past exam papers, Continue reading

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Is Facebook Wrecking Your Grades?

Are you on Facebook when you should be studying?

A new survey reveals that top students have quit Facebook or limit how much time they spend on social networking sites.

A survey of 219 students from Ohio State University compared how many hours they studied each week, how much time they spent online and and their grade point average.

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How To Study For Exams Using The Sandwich Method

Attention Students on stu-vac or swot vac – here’s a tip on how to pass your exams using the Sandwich Method.

A sandwich has two slices of bread and a middle.

Study a subject you like, then a subject you don’t like so much, then another subject you do like.

Use this sandwich message when studying.

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What Is The Worst Room In Your Home To Study?


Do you fall asleep when studying?  During study, do you feel lonely or isolated or get easily distracted? Do you study in your bedroom?

Your brain associates your bedroom with sleeping. While it may be quiet and set up for study, it may actually be too quiet and too isolated.

What other peaceful place may be more productive? Here are two suggestions: Continue reading

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Are Weaker Students Overconfident and Underprepared?

This video from Dr Stephen Chew from Samford University discusses how students tend to underestimate how much time it takes to complete an assignment or to comprehend new material. There’s no easy fix with studying. 

Studying involves focus, concentration and effort. Multitasking can sabotage your learning.

Dr Chew surveyed students about how they thought they’d do on an upcoming exam. He found weaker students were overconfident, underprepared and unaware how little they knew. To study effectively you need to improve study skills.

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How Long Should You Study In One Sitting?

This video refers to a theme I explore in my new book, Brainpower Smart Study. The amount of time your brain can stay absorbed performing mental tasks and learning is around fifty minutes for some, even less for others.

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Reading At 16 Linked To Better Job Prospects

Did you know if you are a teenager and like to read books for pleasure out-of-school you are more likely to become a manager or professional in your career?

So says an Oxford research study.

Mark Taylor from Oxford University Sociology Department analysed 17,200 questionnaire responses from people born in 1970. Girls who read books during leisure time at age 16 had a 39% probability of a professional or managerial job, compared to if a girl was not a reader, she had a 25% chance. Boys who read regularly at 16 were 58% likely to have a professional or managerial role, compared to 48% if they were not readers.  This means reading for pleasure improved careers for girls by 14%, for boys by 10%

Other activities were compared, such as participating in sport, socialising, going to museums or galleries, the cinema or concerts, cooking or sewing. None were found to have a significant effect on career.

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Playing computer games frequently actually reduced their chances of a professional or managerial career

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