When you have the skills and strategy you need to finish your work faster, you have more time to spend on the things you want to enjoy in life!
If you can see four words then why can’t you see entire lines, sentences, paragraphs, or even an entire page at a glance? You can! You just need a simple system that improves your brain’s visual reading efficiency.
As a student, I trained to become a Psychobiologist at the State University of New York at Binghamton. During my studies I learned how our brain uses schema, or more simply our map of the world, whilst decoding text. Each of us has a lifetime of experiences stored in our memory map. Stored experiences that writers expect us to possess and use while reading.
Probably the best way to demonstrate schema’s important role in making text meaningful is by giving you a paragraph to read that is completely lacking any schematic clues. Although the words in this passage taken from my Maximum Power Speed Reading Program are simple and familiar you will find them almost impossible to read:
It’s pretty tough decoding this text since it lacks any schematic clues. Did you guess that this paragraph is discussing doing a load of laundry? Picture the word laundry printed right above this text as a single word title, and read this passage once again. Isn’t it amazing how much clearer this passage becomes simply by adding a single schematically significant word? Even a single schematic clue can make text understandable. From this example it is clear that schema plays a major role in making text meaningful, but how do you know where to look for schematic clues while reading?