Did you know that neuro-science (the study of how the brain works) has proven there are four essential principles that insure learning success? Without knowing these, you will probably be frustrated, confused, and possibly fail in your attempts to learn this complex set of behaviors called speed reading.

The 4 essential, but little known secrets to all successful learning attempts, especially speed reading are:

1. Brain Plasticity - it has amazing regenerative capability.
2. Frequency - more often is best!
3. Intensity - fully engaged and participating in the experience.
4. Shaping - gradual, progressive building of the desired skill.

Brain Plasticity - Neuro-science's heralded major discovery of the last decade proves that the brain is in a constant state of "learning" until the moment of death. This means that your brain has the ability to generate new neuro pathways, or connections, even when there has been damage to some of the brain tissue. For example, many times severe epileptic patients have needed to have large areas of the left hemisphere (known as the area responsible for speech) removed in order to control severe seizures, which in themselves cause tissue damage. Amazingly, these patients can learn to recognize and produce speech after going through intense retraining.

This discovery means that no matter how old you are, you are capable of learning complex tasks if the next three principles are in place during the learning process. Speed reading is a very complex set of behaviors and skills, but nearly everyone can learn how to do it.

Frequency - refers to how often the learner engages in the learning process. The research demonstrates that the more often the learner engages with the subject material, the more stimulation happens to the areas of the brain being trained, the stronger the neuro connections become.

For the beginning speed reader this means the more frequent the subject matter is viewed and practiced, the stronger and easier the new skills become. Unfortunately, in today's busy world, people's attention focuses in many different directions, and often simultaneously. Most often beginning speed readers may start with a flash of learning, and then get pulled away from the training for several days or weeks. Because the principle of frequency has not been applied, the skills remain a frustrating puzzle

An effective speed reading program will give you a variety of skills that require the learner to apply the principle of frequency to the particular skill. Often I will see learners review content in a program without doing any of the exercises suggested, or skips some of them. It is no wonder the skills for these types of learners do not change. I call these types of learners "spectators." They don't want to do the work. They suffer from wishful thinking because they do not understand the keys to learning success.

Intensity - refers to the depth of the learning experience itself. In practice, it means that actually going through the movements of the training, thinking strategies, and comprehension exercises by the learner is far more effective than just reading about speed reading. (I have never known anyone who has actually mastered speed reading to have only read a book.) Fully immersing yourself in the exercises with frequency controls your path to learning. As I like to say to my participants in both live and online sessions, "Jump into it. Get yourself wet. Fully engage, and you'll do well." After so many years teaching these skills I can unequivocally state the end results for the learner has little to do with their skills at the start of the program and everything to do with what they do while in the program.

Shaping - is the principle of learning that recognizes that complete success does not happen with a one-time activity. Shaping means that we gradually mold our new behavior to the model of the expected outcome. It becomes a more gradual process. For example, if you want to learn how to shoot an arrow into the center of an archery target and you've never done it before, the first step is to learn how to stand properly. Next might be how to hold the bow while standing properly. The next might be how to focus on the target, next might be how to pull the string back with control, etc. This is how to shape the ultimate behavior.

Too many people do not understand shaping, especially when it comes to learning effective speed reading. In today's culture, we expect "instant" success. After all we have instant coffee, instant downloads, instant information access by internet, instant oatmeal, etc. Unfortunately, "instant" does not apply to learning things that are complex by nature.

Reading, and especially speed reading, is a complex set of behaviors and skills. By understanding the principle of shaping, I hope you become more patient with yourself in your own learning process.

You can and will learn anything you want to master by understanding and applying these four essential learning principles. Without remembering them, you will more than likely become frustrated and quit. In today's market place, doing your reading the old way is a certain path to becoming obsolete and remaining overloaded. Diligently engaging with an effective speed reading course while being mindful of these four learning principles better guarantees your long term success and mastery.

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