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Speed Reading Tips: Supersonic Readers Use 4 Key Concepts and Skills to Read Super Fast

4 Keys Graphic

In the last 4 posts I have described 4 Key Concepts and naturally occurring skills that super fast readers apply in order to read faster than the 600 wpm threshold of traditional linear reading. This post summarizes and illustrates graphically these important keys to help you remember and encourage you to apply to your reading practice. Keep in mind that super fast readers seldom discover this on their own accord. The vast majority have needed to be trained. The good news is that you too can learn how to do this. You have these abilities naturally within you. You just haven’t learned how to apply them to your reading.

These Four Key Concepts are:

  • Knowing that the mind can understand meanings even when the words appear out of expected grammaitcal sequence.
  • Knowing and applying the fact that we can understand the text upon seeing them and not needing to say hear them in our mind before we understand the meaning. This is called Visual Reassurance.
  • Knowing and using our natural dimensional sight experience of moving the clear area of our visual experience of about one to three inches in diameter as we move down as well as across the page seeing overlapping areas of print as we move in a generally downward direction.
  • Knowing and applying the powerful learning concept of Whole-Part-Whole, that is using “Gestalt” as an organizing principle that enables the mind to understand and retain facts and details, once the bigger picture is in mind.

These key concepts are not necessarily sequenced. They operate together. If there is one that initiates this new approach to comprehension it is the fourth key – Gestalt. Always cue your mind up around the topic first.

Here is an infographic to help you “see” it all and help create your memory of these critical elements to read super fast and comprehend.

If you are truly interested in changing your reading skills to a level of mastery to get ahead in school, work, or life, then check out the Dynamic Speed Reading Masters Program that will show you how to apply these 4 concepts and supercharge your reading today.

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Ed Caldwell.

Speed Reading Tips: Supersonic Readers Take the Advice of the Sages – Why Not You?

Remember when you were young and went to your favorite swimming hole and couldn’t wait to dive into the water and your parents, or other adult would tell you to look before you dive in?

Or, have you ever ventured out on a long road trip, did you first look at a map?

Or, do you remember the Aesop Fable of the “Fox and the Goat?”

Although these examples may seem to differ they all have a powerful meaning to understanding our 4th Key to Supersonic Reading (the ability to read and comprehend at rates above the 600 wpm threshold of linear sub-vocal reading. Key Concept Four is the easiest of the 4 keys to employ, makes the previous 3 keys easier to apply, but is the most forgotten and overlooked concept that leads to problems in comprehension at high rates when not employed.

The Fourth Key Concept of Supersonic Reading is referred to as using the “Gestalt.”

Gestalt means: An organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts.

How this applies to the Dynamic Speed Reading Methodology is that when you have something to read that is more than a paragraph or so, your mind will be better able to respond to the meaning of the text, especially at super fast rates, if you stop to first consider the whole before focusing on the parts. When reading then consider first the organization of the material, before jumping into reading the first words and sentence of the text to be read.

What the three examples listed in the beginning of this post are meant to suggest is that before you read anything that has more than a few paragraphs “look before you leap.” Know the overall direction and how the various pieces fit into the whole. This requires a little pre-thinking.

And remember, when I mention “pre-thinking,” we’ll assume that you know that reading comprehension is actually thinking and responding to the meaning of the text.  IT DOESN’T MEAN MERELY MOVING YOUR EYES RAPIDLY!  It’s how fast your mind can respond to the meanings that constitutes reading with comprehension.

Similarly, if you venture on a long road trip, have you looked at the map of the journey first to understand the general direction and the main roads to be taken? If you are approaching a swimming hole do you look first to see if the water is deep  enough to dive safely? Remember, the fox humiliated the goat in the Aesop Fable warning him to be sure there is always a way out before venturing into something unknown, to look before he lept.

When reading apply this centuries old wisdom to your reading and see how comprehension will become easier for you. I also invite you enroll in The Dynamic Speed Reading Masers Program for a wealth of comprehension strategies and tactics as well as proven developmental exercises to stretch and grow your skills. It will provide you with the keys to reading at the speed of thought.

If you have questions, or comments, please post below.

If you missed any of the previous posts:

Supersonic Key Concept One

Supersonic Key Concept Two

Supersonic Key Concept Three