Whole Mind Reading

The PhotoReading whole mind system uses both hemispheres of the brain to learn. We all learned to read with the left hemisphere or conscious mind. Yet research shows that word recognition happens in the brain before the conscious mind is aware of it. The PhotoReading technique lets the preconscious mind do more of the work of reading as it is designed to. The PhotoReading step also stimulates the use of the whole mind which enhances comprehension and recall.

PhotoReading naturally allows preconscious processing of words and recognition of meaning at an other-than-conscious level. Sometimes it takes new PhotoReaders a few weeks to get accustomed to this phenomenon of letting the inner mind do the work for them.

The inner mind is best at perceiving the big picture and synthesizing information into meaningful patterns. With recognizable patterns firmly in place as prior knowledge, all future reading or activation is made easy.

One activation step of the PhotoReading whole mind system is super reading. It works closely with the inner mind to speed the comprehension of information, as well as continue to process information at rates between 1,000 and 6,000 words per minute. Super reading gives conscious recognition of meaning while building additional cues for triggering recall in a rapid left-brained fashion.

A combination of the five advanced reading strategies—preparing, previewing, PhotoReading, activating, and rapid reading—will work adequately for all the different needs we encounter on a daily basis. Previewing and PhotoReading is the ideal start for larger texts, such as books, magazines, or technical literature. Depending on how much conscious comprehension you need, you can activate using super reading and/or dipping to increase the amount of information represented at a conscious level.

Many times short magazine articles are best previewed, super read, and then dipped. Very short memos and letters are usually best handled by previewing, then rapid reading with high concentration and no regressions. (Regression is the process regular readers follow when they return to the beginning of a sentence or paragraph, because they cannot "remember" what they have just read.)

There is another remarkable feature of PhotoReading. Experienced PhotoReaders demonstrate that people do not have to be consciously aware of the material that has been PhotoRead in order to have that information work as an integral part of their knowledge base.

When it comes to developing conscious comprehension of reading materials, we pass through four successive levels. They are awareness, familiarity, knowledge, and expertise.

The first level is simple awareness. This is when you know that you are reading in a subject area and you know the names of the basic ideas that define it as a subject.

The second level is familiarity with the subject matter. At this level you understand the main categories of a subject.

The third level of knowledge means you have learned the main examples in each category. Mastering information at this level requires prior knowledge and knowing how to approach the subject to get what you want.

Expertise, the fourth level, requires complete knowledge of all the major and minor categories within a subject. Such comprehension requires intimate knowledge of minute details. Expertise is usually obtained only by professional application of information.

Studying written materials using the activation techniques of the PhotoReading whole mind system will help you move through levels of comprehension. Be sure to create the time necessary to accomplish your goals to the level of specificity you want.

Suggested Skill-Strengthening Steps

1) The three most effective steps to master the PhotoReading whole mind system are: use it, use it, and use it. Do the homeplay exercises recommended on page 61 to help you use the techniques effectively.

2) Perhaps the best remediation step is to listen to the PhotoReading Personal Learning Course tapes again. You will agree the course confronts a lot of bad reading habits. Many negative habits take three weeks or more of determined, persistent, and patient effort to be replaced with more effective and efficient behaviors.

3) PhotoRead the dictionary to increase vocabulary. A good vocabulary is a must for effective reading.

Optional Enrichment Steps

1) Cassette tapes are a proven way to reinforce and enrich your whole mind reading skills. Learning Strategies Corporation offers excellent tapes to enhance belief in yourself, competence with the techniques, and confidence in the fact that you can use the skills when you want and need to. You will find a description of recommended Paraliminal Tapes on page 58. Listen to Paraliminals as frequently as necessary to maximize your acquisition of PhotoReading skills.

When it comes to developing conscious comprehension of reading materials, we pass through four successive levels. They are awareness, familiarity, knowledge, and expertise.

The first level is simple awareness. This is when you know that you are reading in a subject area and you know the names of the basic ideas that define it as a subject.

The second level is familiarity with the subject matter. At this level you understand the main categories of a subject.

The third level of knowledge means you have learned the main examples in each category. Mastering information at this level requires prior knowledge and knowing how to approach the subject to get what you want.

Expertise, the fourth level, requires complete knowledge of all the major and minor categories within a subject. Such comprehension requires intimate knowledge of minute details. Expertise is usually obtained only by professional application of information.

Studying written materials using the activation techniques of the PhotoReading whole mind system will help you move through levels of comprehension. Be sure to create the time necessary to accomplish your goals to the level of specificity you want.

Suggested Skill-Strengthening Steps

1) The three most effective steps to master the PhotoReading whole mind system are: use it, use it, and use it. Do the homeplay exercises recommended on page 61 to help you use the techniques effectively.

2) Perhaps the best remediation step is to listen to the PhotoReading

Personal Learning Course tapes again. You will agree the course confronts a lot of bad reading habits. Many negative habits take three weeks or more of determined, persistent, and patient effort to be replaced with more effective and efficient behaviors.

3) PhotoRead the dictionary to increase vocabulary. A good vocabulary is a must for effective reading.

Optional Enrichment Steps

1) Cassette tapes are a proven way to reinforce and enrich your whole mind reading skills. Learning Strategies Corporation offers excellent tapes to enhance belief in yourself, competence with the techniques, and confidence in the fact that you can use the skills when you want and need to. You will find a description of recommended Paraliminal Tapes on page 58. Listen to Paraliminals as frequently as necessary to maximize your acquisition of PhotoReading skills.

2) Enroll in the live PhotoReading seminar. The personal guidance of a certified PhotoReading instructor trained at Learning Strategies Corporation can help propel your skills to the next level of mastery. Attending a course with a group of like minded people is extremely supportive for making personal breakthroughs.

3) Vision Therapy or Functional Vision Training may be a way to advance your skills. Such training strengthens your eyes as well as your brain's ability to fuse incoming written information. Training in convergence, divergence, and accommodation (near & far) results in a stronger, more balanced visual system. The payoff is tremendous efficiency in all visual tasks including reading, sports, and work. Your local doctors of optometry may offer such training or may be able to refer you to a source.

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