We welcome you to the most paradoxical and controversial article on our blog!
In this section we will discover what 3D Reading is NOT, meaning that we will see together which are the fast reading techniques known to date and what differentiates them from the 3D Reading
And so far it all seems very simple, right?
Well, actually it’s not! In fact, if you have had the opportunity to surf the Internet a little, you will surely have realized the great amount of reading techniques that are taught, and you might have wondered the following questions:
Are these techniques all the same? If not, how do they differ?
Are they based on a very precise logical order or are they just the result of a bunch of unrelated information ?!
And again, what results are obtained by who use these techniques? Do you really become a superhero or they just want you to believe that?!?
So let’s start to clarify the world of fast reading techniques, because as you well know, on the web, very different things can apparently resemble each other and it’s easy to get confused, ending up “with the wrong end of the stick”!
Ready?! Great, let’s start!!!
Reading orientation, commonly called “skimming”, is a browsing process aimed at obtaining, within a text, the information that helps you get a rough idea of the contents.
This type of reading usually occurs at a much higher speed than traditional reading. In fact, we talk about being able to read about 700 words per minute with an orientation reading, compared to 200 for the traditional reading.
By “Exploratory Reading” we mean the reading process with which we try to extract information through a quick and general overview.
The purpose is to identify the existence of topics or passages of interest to the reader, on which then he decides to focus more in depth, by reading the sections that have most drawn him during the “exploration” phase.
A sort fo “trust your sixth sense”.
Which may not be entirely out of place
The fundamental characteristic that differentiates an orientation reading from an exploratory one is that, in the first case, one uses – in particular – the rational mind to understand information, while in the second, intuition begins to play an important role in linking the various concepts.
This aspect is really interesting because, as we will soon discover, a well-structured collaboration between intuition and reason allows us to develop unthinkable potential.
Photographic reading, also known as “photo reading”, is a really interesting reading technique because it requires the use of resources that belong to us, but that we do not use consciously.
Photographic reading is one of the 5 techniques that form the Three-dimensional Reading method, and unlike what we are led to believe, it can be learned both by adults and by children.
But let’s get back to the quick reading techniques that are NOT Three-dimensional Reading …
How do quick reading
When talking about quick reading, you will probably come across abstruse and creative expressions like:
Rumble of words
Mantra and magic phrases
Points of fixity
Thanks to all these tricks, which have the function of facilitating the consolidation of the techniques, you learn – little by little – to read ever larger blocks of words, during the same amount of time.
From a practical point of view, the steps that all the quick reading techniques usually require are the following:
Record your current reading speed
Fight your insecurities (there is a curious connection between reading and self-esteem)
Fix your reading vices with tricks specifically designed to remove some of your limits
Record your reading speed now and take it as a new reference
You train constantly
But finally we get to the $1 million question:
Do quick reading techniques work,
or it’s all nonsense?!
Let’s start by put in a good word in favor of these techniques:
Quick reading techniques actually w-o-r-k!
In fact, if you try to record your PAM (number of words read per minute) and your CR (information retention coefficient) before and after learning such a technique, you will notice from the first time an increase that varies depending on the person, and on the commitment with which the exercises were carried out.
With great effort, thanks to quick reading techniques it is possible to read 500 words per minute and it can be done without losing any understanding.
Yet, there is a small problem …
Before, in this article, we have introduced some quick reading techniques, we have mentioned some tricks that can be used to widen one’s visual field and we have described the sequence of actions that are usually performed to learn these techniques.
But at this point we should ask ourselves an even more interesting question than the previous one:
WHY do quick reading techniques work? 🙂
The paradoxical thing is that if you try to ask this to a quick reading expert, he probably won’t know how to answer precisely. A quick reading expert knows a lot about the technique, he/she can teach it successfully to his/her students, but often he/she doesn’t know the reason behind your improvements.
The secret of your improvement, the key that allows you to overcome the limits that you yourself have placed during years and years of traditional reading, lies in the functioning of our brain.
By knowing in-depth how the human mind works, allows us to understand how it’s possible to overcome the mental barriers we have, reaching apparently impossible results.
In fact, we want to tell you another secret.
But this secret I must say quietly because I don’t want everyone to know it. Because if many people knew about, things would no longer be the same.
Here it is:
According to some neuroscience studies that have been carried out, it has emerged that people can learn to read in less than 1/5 of the time it usually takes with traditional reading.
Nowadays, we have many examples of students who can prepare an exam in 2-3 days, we have professionals who study 7-8 textbooks a week in their free time, and we still have ordinary people who enjoy reading texts, articles and papers, and to tell their contents with extreme precision to friends, family and acquaintances.
All this is possible today if you have very specific knowledge, and a method consistent with your reading goals.
Now, we know very well that in this article we should not have talked about Three-Dimensional Reading, yet the connection is so strong that we could not help mentioning it.
But as we often say, you must not believe us who are the authors of this text: we are biased. Listen to the opinions of the people who participated in the various editions of the course. They can give you a very precise idea of the awareness and the results that can be achieved with this method!