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Speed Reading at the International Medical University (IMU)!


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Speed Reading Workshop (Details):

Speed Reading Workshop (Details):
Imagine if you could read a 200-page book in 20 minutes? Did you know that there are people in this world that can do just that? How about you? In today’s fast-paced knowledge and innovation driven economy, speed-reading is increasingly becoming an essential to master. In this half-day interactive crash course on speed reading at IMU, we will explore several techniques we can apply to read faster and smarter with comprehension. Once completed, you should be able to increase your reading speed by 200 - 300 percent. As you practice, your comprehension rate will improve with your newly acquired speed reading pace. As you increase your reading speed, you will have more time to focus on people engagement, quality, creativity and innovation, which are key essentials to succeed with education, work and life for the 21st century.

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  • 1. Zaid Ali Alsagoff SPEED READING
  • 2. Infographic: Superman reads (image):
  • 3. The Rate of Medical Knowledge is… “…doubling every three years currently and projected to be doubling every 73 DAYS by 2020…”
  • 4. More Time For…  Prayers  Family  Innovation  Studies  Play  Sleep  Fun  Etc. Benefits of Speed Reading: If only I could SPEED READ!
  • 5. “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.” - Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
  • 6. MISSION
  • 7. Speed Reading Mission 1. How to intensify your focus? 3. How much do you understand? 2. How many words per minute (WPM)? 4. How much do you remember? FOCUS 1 SPEED 2 COMPREHENSION 3 RECALL 4
  • 8. Online Speed Reading Test Alternative 2 (No quiz): Please read at your NORMAL PACE.
  • 9. Download Speed Reading Test, which… You can print out to assess your reading speed on a hardcopy.
  • 10. Your Speed Reading Level? Speed-reading diagram: *WPM: Words Per Minute WPM Status < 120 Poor, slow 121 – 180 Below average 181 – 250 Average 251 – 350 College Level 351 – 450 Post-Graduate 451 – 800 Superior 801 – 1,500+ Speed Reader > 1,500+ Genius
  • 11. FOCUS 1
  • 12. FOCUS! “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” – Steve Jobs "Focusing is about saying NO" Video: To Facebook Or NOT to
  • 13. Source: Juggling has been shown to increase both GREY and WHITE matter in the brain! Did You Know? Empowers us to: FOCUS BETTER THINK FASTER IMPROVED COORDINATION ENHANCED PERIPHERAL VISION AWAKEN THE KID IN US!
  • 14. Image (4 persons): Alternate Nostril Breathing to Activate… Your Whole Brain! Article: 3-5 Minutes a Day!
  • 15. Five Categories of Brainwaves
  • 16. 2. Set a timer for 3 minutes and start to read a book, article, etc. 3. When you experience a distraction: Make a note (tick). 4. Each time you’re distracted, read point 1 silently to yourself. 5. Then start reading again. 6. When the timer goes off, count the number of distractions. Once reached 0 distractions, increase the timer 5,7,9, etc. minutes. Albert Einstein's Distraction Index Drill A method to empower 99.9% FOCUS and CONCENTRATION! Detailed Instruction: 1. Write "l won't be distracted by that anymore.“ on a piece of paper. My Record? 42 Minutes
  • 17. Optimizing Your Mind & Body for Learning? 1. Define your targets! 2. Breath to relax! 3. Visualize that you will succeed! 4. Choose brain stimulating places to study! 5. Use natural light whenever possible! 6. Take Power Naps to reenergize the brain! 7. Eat healthy and light to stay alert! 8. Mix with People that are hungry to learn! 9. You can learn anything! Yes, you can!
  • 18. SPEED 2
  • 19. Meaning Occipital Lobe Internal Speech 150 – 250 WPM Bad Reading Habits? Image (Reading speeds): 1. Failure to preview 2. Regression (Re-reading) 3. Poor vision span (word-by-word) 4. Vocalization and Internal Speech 5. Poor concentration
  • 20. “…When people read they spend about 80% of the time moving their eyes from word to word but only 20% processing meaning.” Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP)
  • 21. Let’s Practice Speed Reading! Spreed: SPREED
  • 22. Recommended Speed Reading Tools? 8 More Speed Reading Tools: Acceleread: QuickReader:
  • 24. Focus on Speed First!1 Your comprehension level will improve as you PRACTICE! Focus on increasing your reading speed first. Don’t worry if your comprehension level becomes lower, as you speed read at this stage. The comprehension level will improve as you practice.
  • 25. Use a Guide!2 PenFinger(s) Paper Regression and the duration of fixations can be minimized by using a guide. Keep your eye fixation above the tip of the guide used (dot on a paper). The guide should be used to maintain or increase the reading speed.
  • 26. Minimize Regression!3 To improve reading speed you must resist regression. When you force yourself to NOT jump back, you will increasingly become more focused. Whatever important that you missed or don’t understand early on is usually repeated again or understood later. So, don’t worry! Image (Reading speeds): Reducing regression tips:
  • 27. Increase Vision Span!4 Increase your vision span by processing more words in an eye fixation. Start with 2 words, and then increase as you practice (5 words, one line, one paragraph, etc.). Also, reduce the time for each fixation point as you practice (1 to 0.5 to 0.25 seconds). Image (Reading speeds):
  • 28. Smart Eye Movement!5 Start speed reading with 1 word in from the first and last word of each line, and end 1 word in from the last word. Then try 2,3, 4 words, etc. As your peripheral vision improves, you will accelerate your reading speed significantly by smartly reducing the time for eye movement.
  • 29. Stop/Reduce/Distract…6 Stop reading aloud and reduce internal speech, as it usually limits your reading speed to 150 – 250 WPM. You can distract your internal speech by repeating a particular phrase, word or number(s). Example: Saying ‘1,2,1,2’ while speed reading to distract the internal voice. Vocalization Internal Speech Meaning Occipital Lobe Internal Speech 150 – 250 WPM X Bla, bla bla, bla… Reading aloud Lipping Tongue Warbling Jawing Adam’s appling Diaphragming
  • 31. How do you read…? 1 52 43 6 7
  • 32. SQ3R mind map: Comprehension?
  • 33. RECALL 4
  • 34. Cartoon: SHORT-TERM MEMORY!
  • 35. “…Kim Peek could accurately RECALL the contents of at least 12,000 BOOKS.” Short Video: Documentary: Kim Peek quote:
  • 36. Adapted from: ` Memory Processing Model FORGETTING Attention Encoding Retrieval REMEMBERINGI N P U T Sensory Memory Short-Term Memory Long-Term Memory
  • 37. Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve Source:
  • 38. REPETITION is the Mother of All Learning! - Old Russian Proverb
  • 39. Note Taking is a form of Repetition!
  • 40. Talk to Yourself or Teach Someone! Talk to yourself or teach someone else what you have just learned (read). “Teaching is LEARNING TWICE.” - Joseph Joubert
  • 41. Mind Maps Mind Map Guidelines: Mind Maps in Medicine: Mind maps help you comprehend, see the big picture, create new ideas, and build connections. iMindMap: Mind Mapping Tools: MindMeister:
  • 42. Mnemonics Med Mnemonics SODA: Mnemonics: Mnemonics are learning memory techniques that help learners recall larger pieces of information, especially in the form of lists like characteristics, steps, stages, parts, phases, etc.
  • 43. The Method of Loci (Memory Palace) is a method of memorizing information by placing each item to be remembered at a point along an imaginary journey. The information can then be recalled in a specific order by retracing the same route through the imaginary journey. Memory Palace: of Loci: MEMORY PALACE
  • 44. Primacy & Recency Effect Diagram source: When asked to recall a list of items in any order (free recall), people tend to begin recall with the end of the list, recalling those items best (the recency effect). Among earlier list items, the first few items are recalled more frequently than the middle items (the primacy effect).
  • 45. Study Smart! Source: Brooke Thio The Learning Power of Spaced Repetition!
  • 46. Memorize on an Empty Stomach… Source: *Yale University study (2006) “…We are more alert and keyed up to both remember and recall more readily when stressed by hunger.” - Stephen Bloom Wise to revise for and sit exams on an empty stomach as hunger can help with the creation and retrieval of memories.
  • 47. “Study without DESIRE spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” — Leonardo da Vinci
  • 48. BEYOND 5
  • 49. Photo Reading VIdeo: Beyond Speed Reading? Quick Overview:
  • 50. Anyone with average intelligence can learn to read at astounding speeds up to 2,000,000 WPM with increased comprehension. A 16 year old dyslexic boy Mentally photographed at 606,000WPM (in 1976). Mental Photography Quick Overview: Beyond Photo Reading? Demo: *WPM - Words per minute. Richard Welch
  • 51. Quantum Reading Beyond Mental Photography? Video:
  • 52. YOU CAN DO IT! 6
  • 54. REMEMBER!  Intensify your FOCUS before speed reading.  To SPEED READ:  Use a guide;  Minimize regression;  Reduce fixation points;  Increase vision span and use smart eye movement;  Don’t read aloud and distract internal speech; and  Use speed reading tools to practice and track your progress.  Use SQ3R Study method for better COMPREHENSION.  Use MEMORY techniques to remember more of what you have learned.  Speed Reading is not enough! Strive to BECOME…
  • 55. …Creative Super Learners!
  • 56. “Our brains can be rewired to become ‘Creative Super Learners’ at any age.” - Zaid Ali Alsagoff
  • 57. ReadSpeeder:
  • 58. Free Speed Reading Tutorials? CRASH COURSE!
  • 59. More Free Tutorials?
  • 60.
  • 61. Have a ZaidLearn! Finally, You Might Want To…
  • 62. Zaid Ali Alsagoff E-Learning Manager E-mail : Blog : Slides : Twitter: IMU : DID : +603-2731 7327 Ext. : 3115