More On Mind Probing

The Purpose of Asking Questions

Many people believe that the skill of reading is demonstrated by answering questions about a text. In truth, mastery of information also involves the ability to 1) ask and modify questions, 2) search for and find the answers, and 3) retrieve what you have learned.

Asking and answering questions are very different skills. When used properly in learning, they form a communication loop between the creative and analytical functions of the brain-one feeds information forward and the other feeds information back.

To mind probe effectively, you must learn to be fluent and flexible in your thinking. You must learn when and how to modify questions you are asking depending upon the information you have and the information you want. Mind probing by forming questions will activate your mind effectively and bring more information into conscious awareness.

Super Read and Dip Along the Train ol Thought

When activating an article or book, notice cues that suggest where to find the most meaning. If you look at the structure of the written piece you can determine the author's scheme for writing. Then super read and dip to follow the author's scheme.

In one type of scheme an author first describes a problem, then later in the text explains how to solve the problem. If you want the author's steps for solving the problem, you can bypass what you do not need and move quickly to the place for dipping and achieving your goal.

This is called following the author's train of thought. The train illustration represents this:

• The problem the author grapples with drives the train.

• The main argument about where the problem comes from is the main "cargo" in the flow of information. This cargo is built upon certain propositions the author is trying to sell you and is composed of key terms.

• A solution emerges to suggest a remedy for the problem.

The train of thought is one scheme used by authors to present information. Discover other structures within articles or books that show you where to super read and dip to quickly get the information you need.

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