The difference between SmartReading and other speed/quick reading courses is crucial.
When you read normally, you pronounce or voice the words you read in your mind. In the case of speed-reading, you simply have to talk faster. So, in fact, you force your brain to hear the words faster, while at the same time you try to understand, analyse and remember the intentions of the author too. In order to do so, you jump back and forth in the book to check. Whenever you read something you recognize, you think it over once again. In the meantime your mind wanders off and you lose concentration, even though you continue to read. The result is that you go back in the text to re-read it. Asking your brain to do a lot of things all at once faster than it is used to, makes speed reading a very tiring concept and not brain friendly.
SmartReading means reading visually in a brain-friendly way
In SmartReading we substitute the ‘talking whilst reading’ with reading visually, which is a lot more agreeable and less tiring. When you read visually, you read more sentences at once, absorbing them instantly. With visual reading your right brain absorbs large chunks of text. That particular part of the brain does not ‘voice’ words, but absorbs them visually. Shorter pieces of text are read by the left-brain, which does use voicing as a way to process the words. SmartReading offers you an optimal mix between both sides of the brain.\
SmartReading means doing just one thing at a time. Reading visually ensures perfect absorption of the text. Because you read sentences and paragraphs at the same time, your ‘internal dialogue’ won’t be distracting you. Loss of concentration is something that no longer occurs, leaving you with a perfectly focused and concentrated mind. Jumping back and forth in the text is no longer really necessary; you understand and think about the text only when you have absorbed all of it. Making connections and analysing material will be significantly easier.
A student put it in this way:
‘For me, the comparison between reading ‘normally’ and SmartReading is that the experience itself differs in energy level. When I read normally I have to concentrate to absorb the words, understand what the text says, realize how I feel about it, how it benefits me, and so on. Therefore, reading is a very busy exercise for me. When I apply SmartReading I find that I no longer impede myself. Basically all I do is open myself up and capture the text, taking in the words directly so the ‘interfering person’ is no longer necessary. I find reading a far more peaceful and rewarding activity –a great improvement!’
Does this sounds familiar?
While you read, you try to understand and remember what is written. You make connections and transform the text to your thoughts. You analyse things and you find yourself ‘engaging in discussions with the author’. You clearly do not agree with his vision; you do not, or only partly, agree with what is written. At the same time you worry that you might forget what you have just read, which is why you start memorizing while you read. Please realize that while you are formulating all these thoughts, you are no longer reading. You are no longer focussed and have no idea of what you have actually just read. This means you will have to jump back within the text several times, which will take you even more time. With all these thoughts your short-term memory is overloaded, and the storage of new knowledge in your long-term memory is also blocked. Soon you will find that you have no idea what the text actually said.
If you read in the conventional way, your brain has to do three things at once: read, reflect and try to remember what is written. Your brain gets confused and does not remember what it has read, forcing you to jump back. Your brain can do quite a lot, but three things at once, is asking a bit too much. Multitasking is a myth, but you will most likely have discovered that already.