FAQ

SmartReading versus Speed-reading

SmartReading is the only method in which you will activate your “Reading-Centre”.

By activating your Reading-Centre you will be able to read visually, your concentration will increase, you will read faster and you will remember more. It is not a trick but a skill to be able to read visually and super-fast. It is only possible to learn visual speed-reading through the SmartReading Training Course. Thanks to many years of experience, SmartReading has evolved into a unique study and fast reading method.
Come and discern for yourself.

We are often asked why SmartReading distinguishes itself from other speed-reading methods. The answer is crucial.

Lazy Brain

HiRes-627x1024Speed-reading teaches you to read linearly in the same old-fashioned way, this actually means “you talk faster in your mind in order to read faster.”
This is not brain-friendly’.

 

Smart Brain

HiRes1-300x247SmartReading on the other hand, teaches you how to activate your “Reading-Centre”. This eliminates your ‘reading blockages’ so you can read a book at top speed on a detailed level and store all the information in your long-term memory.
Very ‘brain-friendly’.

You also learn to increase the use of your memory by an average of 30%. When you have mastered SmartReading, reading will be like watching a movie.
Smart Reading is unique because of its effect on the level of detail.

What is the difference between ‘normal’ reading and SmartReading?

The differences between how you currently read and SmartReading:

Reading: You “say / think” the words in your mind (like pronouncing the words in your mind).
SmartReading: You will read more and more visually. No more saying/thinking the words in your head.

Reading: You do not read faster than you speak.
SmartReading: You read from multiple lines up to whole paragraphs at a time.

Reading: Your reading average is now between 250 and 300 words per minute.
SmartReading: You read as least 1,500 words per minute.

Reading: Your mind wanders off and you think about other things, which makes you jump back and forth in the text wondering what you have read”.
SmartReading: Your mind has no time or need to wander off. You stay focused throughout the reading process.

Reading: Whilst reading, you make associations with the knowledge you already have. Whilst doing that, you do not know what you have read and you have to keep checking back.
SmartReading: Your brain automatically captures the content of the text, which enhances your text comprehension.

Reading: You are constantly checking whether you understand the text.
SmartReading: You largely understand what you have read using the SmartMethod.

Reading: You want to remember every detail you read, but you notice this is not possible.
SmartReading: The details are clear and you connect everything by Mind Mapping.

Reading: You notice that when you dig deeper into the document, it gets more difficult to understand.
SmartReading: You find your comprehension of the text increasing.

Reading: You notice difficulties in remembering what you have read.
SmartReading: You become more confident in how your brain functions and you will remember more and more.

Reading: You notice your short-term memory gets ‘full’ rather quickly while you read.
SmartReading: You read with full brain potential, which increases your capacity to absorb.

Reading: Your comprehension is 50% on average (this percentage has been the same for many years).
SmartReading: Your understanding increases to an average of 75%.

Reading: When reading, your concentration is moderate.
SmartReading: When reading your concentration is high.

Is it possible to learn the whole method in one day?

No, it is not possible to learn SmartReading in a single day.

The one-day SmartReading Training Course, which we offer will teach you how to read 2 to 4 times faster. After the one-day course you will need to continue with significant discipline. You will not have gained the experience of reproducing an entire book on a detailed level. You will, however, be able to do this after the three-day training.

When, where and how often will the training take place?

To find the answer to this question, check the dates and times in the open enrolment roster. For an In-Company Training Course we offer a tailor-made quote. Training Courses can be held at the company’s location.

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How much can I read for the SmartReading to stay effective?

This depends on your personal concentration span.

We know people who, in addition to their business information, read two or more books each week. You can still use a bookmark if you like because you do not have to finish your book in one go.

Do you also provide In-company Training Courses?

Yes, we also regularly provide In-company Training Courses.

It often happens that someone takes the SmartReading Course individually through open enrolment and then we are hired to provide the training for a number of groups in the company where he or she works.

I do not only want to go through the text diagonally. Will I really understand everything after taking the SmartReading course?

SmartReading lets you read everything down to the smallest detail.

Your conscious short-term memory is used for the comprehension of the information. SmartReading helps you become familiar with the part of your brain that recognizes and remembers. This is your long-term memory, which operates very reliably. When you decide to do the training, the difference between the two will become clear in an exercise.

SmartReading is unique and is not just a speed-reading training.

Will I understand everything I read when I take the SmartReading course?

Yes, you will read and understand everything.

You are certainly not going to learn to go through the texts diagonally.
Many speed-reading courses teach you to read headlines, skip parts, read diagonally, read faster by talking faster in your mind and so on.
Our patented method will train you to read more visually. You use your conscious short-term memory to understand what you read. Memorizing and reproducing information is carried out by a combination of your short and long-term memory. You will find that you gain more trust in your long-term memory thanks to SmartReading. You can depend on the fact that this combination works. You will find that you are able to remember the information in more detail. Your time management will improve, and that saves costs.

How well do I memorize information?

Information is stored in your long-term memory.

The SmartReading method enables you to retain information much longer than when you read in the conventional (normal) way.

I’m studying. Which SmartReading training is best for me?

The 3-day SmartReading training is best when you are studying.

The 3-day course will ensure that you are entirely familiar with SmartReading and you will be brave enough to put it into practice on the third day. Studies often go into detail, with various connections, and insights.
When someone has taken a shorter version, it turns out that in the end, he or she is not (yet) confident enough. On the third day of the three-day training you will experience that you indeed see details, connections and have more insight into the content of the study books.

We regularly come across participants who have previously taken a Speed-reading training elsewhere and have fallen back into their old reading habits. I would like to save you from that pitfall.

What is the difference between Speed-reading and SmartReading?

A lot of people ask us what the difference is between SmartReading and speed-reading.
The difference is crucial, as you will see from the explanation below.

[title size=”2″]Speed-reading – faster “talking”[/title]
HiRes-627x1024When 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. Thus, you force your brain to hear the words faster. At the same time you also want to understand, analyse and remember the intentions of the author, and in order to do so, you jump back and forth in the book to check your accuracy. Whenever you read something you recognize, you think it over once again. In the meantime your mind wanders off and your concentration is gone, even though you continue reading. The result is that you have to go back in the text to re-read it. You are actually asking your brain to do a lot of things at the same time and faster than it is used to. That makes speed-reading a very tiring concept and not very brain-friendly.

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[title size=”2″]SmartReading – reading visually in a brain-friendly way[/title]
HiRes1-300x247In SmartReading we substitute the ‘talking while 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. Visual reading helps your right brain hemisphere to absorb 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 hemisphere, which does use voicing as a way to process the words. SmartReading offers you the 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 in one go, your ‘internal dialogue’ will not 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 hardly necessary anymore; you understand and think about the text only when you have absorbed all of it. Being able to make connections and analysing material will be significantly easier.

A student put it this way:
“For me, the difference 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, take 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!”

How does that work with a novel?
We do not stop a certain habit of reading. We teach you a new technique, a new strategy to use while reading different kinds of material, so you can choose the best way to read. A novel, for example, you read slowly to enjoy the prose of the story but for study or work material you read using the Smart-method in order to extract relevant information.