Simplifying texts

Occasionally texts or paragraphs are just too dense or too complex to be understood as written, and then we need to analyse them for our convenience. This is an example of metrics for text complexity. Rewording Some texts contain long and complex words, including words we do not fully understand. In this scenario, we can …

Active reading: SQ3R system and preread-read-analyze cycle.

We teach our students to preread, read and reread without stating where we learnt it ourselves. To fix this injustice I introduce so called SQ3R system that is commonly used in US schools. Survey. We also call this prereading. Usually we skim or scan the content before we read it to prepare our mind for …

Subliminal reading

Some people (including me) generate visual markers without actual visualization. The symptomatic of subliminal reading is very interesting. By following reading speed, eye motion, association creation, reading progress and some other criteria both Anna and me can tell that the student uses visual processing of the text. The student reads fast and retains very well. …

Saccades, skimming and scanning

While the basic reading technique includes saccades, not everybody is sufficiently comfortable with saccading eye motion. There is a large amount of literature of scanning and skimming for specific purposes as complementary to reading. Specifically you can use both skimming and scanning for prereading, but also you can use the characteristic eye motion of skimming …

Generating rhythm when speedreading

When teaching speedreading we often ask our students to use rhythm. In this post we describe the issue of rhythm in depth. A usual effect of lack of rhythm was summarized by on of our students “First 5 min are easy then getting harder, I slow down and I have to rest”. Usually this means …

Superlearning for programmers: algorithm development

My first job was database administrator. My second job was an RF engineer. My third job (back in 1999) was under title “algorithm developer”, and that was the first job I really loved. Since then I have been algorithm developer/CTO on and off, dealing with computer vision, image procession, machine learning, financial mathematics, semantic processing, …

Superlearning for programmers: code maintenance

There are many ways speedreading can help a programmer. The first time I wished I could speedread was back in he year 2000, when I had to maintain a code of 1mil lines. Back then I could not speedread, and eventually could not fix all the problems I made in time. The product did not …

Mental placeholders

When reading text we often generate placeholders within the text. While regular students use a marker to highlight the text and sticky notes to find the place within the text, it can be too slow and not very elegant for a superlearner. Instead we use mental placeholders. Apparently Anna and I developed the same methods …

How I developed my reading strategy

Today I got this mail from Scott Young discussing a trade-off between quality and what he calls smoothness. Since this is an issue commonly addressed by my friends, I will tell my own lessons on choosing which books to read and how. When I was a kid I was banned from reading books. This is …