Mental Soaring—the term I use for the high-speed, super-efficient assimilation and organization of printed materials —involves a wide array of skills that students must develop gradually, over a period of weeks and months.
Still, there are some simple, easy-to-master techniques that can increase anyone's reading speed by 50 percent or more overnight. These fundamental principles can, by themselves, revolutionize studying immediately.
Furthermore, these basic techniques are a necessary first step for the student who wants to reach the upper ranges of fast reading and effective learning. In other words, he who hopes eventually to soar must first move systematically, step by step, from one skill plateau to the next. Only in this way can the student hope to build a repertoire of skills that will eventually emerge in "supersonic" learning ability.
The first step in Mental Soaring, then, is to understand what might be called the skill of "subsonic" academic flight. But what exactly does this involve? To begin with, it's important to understand a few things about what might be called your hidden voice.
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