Most of us learned how to read in school, and we didn't learn fast.
There are two types of learning, traditional and accelerated described
below from "Unleashing Your Brilliance" by Brian Walsh, PhD. How
did you learn?
First is the TRADITIONAL style. Traditional Left Brain. Mainly auditory
Teacher takes responsibility for outcomes. Material is presented
at slow speed Teacher centered. Uses conscious analytical approach.
Not suitable for many learners who have other than auditory and
visual learning styles
The second is ACCELERATED. Whole Brain. All sensory modalities
involved. Student takes responsibility for outcomes. Material presented
at normal, natural speed. Student centered. Engages subconscious
processing. All learning styles are stimulated; learning becomes
fast, effective and enjoyable.
I managed to succeed in school with traditional learning. I did
not do so well at home. (My right-handed mother tried to teach me,
a leftie, how to sew.) As a result I liked school and eventually
became a teacher.
However, I realized not everyone liked school, so I became a left-handed
English teacher. I couldn't write on a black-board and I didn't
want to bore anybody by lecturing so I had to invent other ways.
Luckily, I am not teaching now because I would be fired. I preferred
what is now called the accelerated method.
The key to learning anything fast is your immediate goal. When
learning is student centered, it's accelerated. When you, the student,
take responsibility for the outcome, you learn fast.
Currently schools must test students at all grade levels to make
sure they have mastered some arbitrary left-brained proficiency
for their age. If enough students do not pass, the school flunks.
Usually enough do pass. Those who don't are "held back" a grade.
Or threatened. Test anxiety, test preparation and test taking, take
away from learning anything.
What is the immediate goal for passing a test? Relief. That does
not have the same reward as the excitement of discovery when you
look through a microscope, when you write from guided fantasy, when
you understand how algebra works and why, when you create a new
melody and then put words to it, when your pen drawings become beautiful
when they burn.
I want to learn how to make a decent website. That's my immediate
goal. So I'm learning HTML even as I complain and say I'd rather
learn Portuguese. No one is testing me. It's a lucky thing. I'd
fail ampersand use in a nanosecond.
If you think want to learn anything fast, put your whole mind into
it and really want to learn fast. That's all it takes. You may want
to learn first how to put your whole mind in if all you ever used
up to now is your left brain.
Do get Brain Walsh's book "Unleashing Your Brilliance". You will
learn how to break through beliefs that block you, how your brain
operates, how to enhance your reading skills, improve your retention,
and understand your own unique make-up. It's available at Amazon.com and at http://www.unleashingbook.com/.
Cole’s chief aim in life is to convince everyone to understand
the power of the subconscious mind and synchronize it with goals
of the conscious mind. Along with "Mind Nudges" and "Brainsweep",
she has published three novels and several poems that dramatize
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