The PhotoReading method by Paul Scheele

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I have found Paul Scheele’s book on photoreading very exciting. A technique for reading stuff at multiple speed? A heaven for lovers of books and learning like me. But does it actually work?

Various views can be found about Scheele’s whole mind system method by doing a little search. Many claim to have achieved fantastic results by using it, like reading and learning things faster and with higher efficiency than before. Others (like the NASA Research Center) are more sceptical and put such good opinions down to self-hypnosis: one has the feeling of knowing the text, but in reality, when checked with tests, it is simply not true. Let’s see the method, prepared my way – in a mind map, to give you an idea of the process.

Copyright of this method is Paul Scheele's, this mind map is only intended to give an idea about it - if you would like to give his method a try, buy the book or the audio material, or visit one of the courses where it is taught

Copyright of this method is Paul Scheele’s, this mind map is only intended to give a general idea about it – if you would like to give his method a try, buy the book or the audio material, or visit one of the courses where it is taught

I have read the opinions and the book, but I haven’t believed either side. I had to try it for myself. I used the technique to read two books and tried to activate the knowledge. As long as I don’t have some material that someone else knows very well and could test me with, as they did for the NASA research experiment, I must trust my intuition regarding the result. Which is? I do feel like I know the text better, but I would not dare claim to know it as well as if I had read the books in the ‘traditional’ way.

There are several possible reasons for this outcome:

  1. I have only learned the method from a book and not at a proper course, besides I am a beginner with not much experience (even though I have also used some mind control technique I learned earlier, recommended to reach the quick-study state)
  2. The NASA research was right
  3. Both or neither of the two. It is certain that I am taking some value from this little experiment with me. I will not photoread texts as such in the future, but I will use the rest of the steps because they do provide a good overview and a better understanding of the material.
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LEARN to WRITE on Coursera

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write narancsNow which category does this post belongra to? Learn? Write? I am starting to realize that Read-Learn-Write overlap a bit more often than I expected. But the purpose was to post about all of them, so not a big trouble if one post contains several of the Thought Factory’s major topics, right?

I haven’t taken much time to visit Coursera recently but I always check out their course selection they send me, just in case. And just in case has just popped up in my mailbox: they are now offering the course ‘Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade’. I have never seen such an opportunity on Coursera, so precisely ‘on-topic’ for me – so of course I have enrolled. Honestly, I do not know how much time I will have to follow it (just look at how much I have posted nowadays to see what I mean), but it’s just something I have no chance to resist. A free online university course on Fundamental English Writing? Whatever, I’m in!

Which means that hopefully you can now expect to see snippets of interesting information about the craft of writing here in the Thought Factory. Only… someone please give/sell/steal some time for me so I can get done with all my tasks, like, within a month (year?) of the deadline I set for myself.

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