Speed Reading: Got Learning Skills?

How smart am I, when I just typed illiteracy with one L instead of two? Do I
qualify as a certified illiterate? Nyet - because I have the spelling knowledge and corrected the mistake when I saw it.

Tell me if you know that 10% of the U.S. population of 306 million (30+ million folks) cannot read and comprehend a simple written English sentence? Wait – how about the fact 27 million folks cannot fill out a readable job application without help?

Google: National Institute of Literacy, March 3, 2008.


Would you volunteer to spend 30 seconds daily for 21 days, to permanently create new learning habits to double your reading speed? What if these baby-easy exercises also add up to 50% to your long-term memory? Deal? Read on.


We all have six muscles in each eye; four (4) use our Rectus muscles, and two (2) contract our Oblique muscles used for acute (sharp) vision. We hardly exercise four of our six eye muscles because we rely on using our convergent (binocular) vision for reading, tv, and computer use. We largely ignore our peripheral (side) vision.


If you can look upward toward the ceiling, downward to the floor, and to your
extreme left and right sides, you can exercise your six (extraocular mucles) in each eye. How long? Just 30 seconds is all it takes to exercise all twelve of them.

Why bother?

Ever notice any Floaters (spots) flying around your path of vision? These voluntary
eye movements can help eliminate Floater Spots. There are credentialed U.S. ophthalmologists who recommend extraocular eye muscle exercise to avoid Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, and the onset of Detached Retina.

We do it to avoid Dry Eye and mental fatigue after using our computer up to six hours daily. Remember, only after you lose part or all your vision, do we appreciation our magnificent eyesight.

Step One: Come on, it is baby easy. Sit down, look straight ahead, and do not move
your head. Now focus your eyes as extreme left and then extreme right as they go.
Keep count each eye movement left-and-right is one-point. Do 20 lateral eye movements.

Step Two: Head still, eyes straight ahead, and voluntarily move your eyes to your
extreme UPPER left and Upper right. See as high as possible, and feel as if you
are stretching your eye muscles. Each left-and-right eye movement equals one-point.
Do 20 upper eye muscles contractions.

Step Three: Head still, and eyes focused forward. Voluntarily move your eyes DOWNWARD, and to your extreme left, and then to your extreme right (downward) side.
Each left-and-right voluntary eye movement equals one point. Do 20 downward
eye muscle contractions. It only requires up to 30 seconds to complete.

Put this in prospective – is your healthy eyesight worth half-a-minute daily?
Remember this old cliché – use-it-or-lose-it. Yes, it applies to your extraocular vision too. Do a Mind Exercise using your eye movements and you be the judge.

Inquiring Mind Want to Know

Two of our students (executives) at a Fortune Five Hundred company asked about
hearing the words they read in their mind. Like in your mind’s eye, this is in your
mind’s ear. The average U.S. college graduate reads Basic English at about 210 words per minute.

Now here is the funny thing – the average speed of speech (conversation and lecture)
is about 210 words per minute. Wait – the average reading speed and speaking rate
are identical?

Sure, because college graduates can read no faster than they can speak. How come?
We must hear the words we read in our heads (auditory association cortex) to derive
comprehension from them.

When there is an absence of mental recitation (hearing the internal dialogue) there is no understanding of the sentences. It is called Subvocalization.

Speeding Up The Process

If you change your eye movements, you can see and comprehend multiple words
simultaneously. That means you can read and understand a minimum of three (3)
words at a time instead of the normal rate of just one word at a time.

The Secrets

First, you need a tool to trigger your peripheral (side) vision to take in three words
at a time instead of just one. If you can learn to underline while you read, you activate a powerful human instinct. Your eyes must follow a moving object and automatically speed up.
Grab a pen to use as a Pacer for your eyes to follow. You will automatically (after practice) first double, and then triple your normal text reading speed.

Second, widen you eye focus (Go Wide, Go Lizard) to fix on two and three words
with each eye fixation. It takes practice, and is called Chunking. You goal is to
mentally divide each sentence you read into groups (piles) of three-words each.

Third, physically move your head as you read (underlining the sentences) left to right. Why? When you head is fixed (still), you eyes lose sharp focus. When you
intentionally move your 3 pound coconut left to right as you read, you maintain the words of each sentence within the fovea (central vision) and maintain 100% sharp eye focus.

Google: Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex. After practice it become a habit, on autopilot.


Would it benefit you to own the skill of reading and remembering three (3)
books, reports and articles in the time your competitors can hardly finish even one?
Will this permanent skill help students and executives in their career advancement?

Ask us how.

See ya,

Speed Read: copyright © 2008 H. Bernard Wechsler
www.speedread.tv hbw@speedread.tv 1-877-567-2500 toll-free

Author's Bio: 

Author of Speed Reading For Professionals, published by
Barron's; business partner of Evelyn Wood, creator of
speed reading, graduating 2 million, including the
White House staffs of four U.S. Presidents.