How do you choose what word to mark?

The link between visual markers and superlearning is not self-evident. It is hard to visualize the marks and link marks together, but sometimes it is even harder to create connection between the text and the marks we visualize. The perfect way to choose which words to create markers for is our secret source, but we do give you a few tips. Read some of the discussions below.

Choosing the word to mark

How do you choose what words to “mark”?

From the lecture, it appears that the words that are “marked” are chosen randomly, and nevertheless you get a reasonable understanding of the article.

How can I know what details are good to put a marker on?

sorry for my english

  • This is a very complex question. I can provide a good mathematical answer on 15 pages of formulas. Instead I suggest to go for combination of “characteristic” and “unforgettable”. You do need some amount of explanatory data, but it is very hard to remember this data correctly after a week. However if you go for strange details and surprising facts, you will be able to recall these details, and through them all the supporting data.

  • A good example of “strange” was the name “Ebenezer” – which stands out as it’s very unusual.

    Ultimately, though, remember that at the speed you’ll be reading, it’s not a matter of carefully choosing markers – you’ll be going so fast that only meaningful words will crop up. Obviously you’re not going to set markers for most adjectives or adverbs, but generally nouns (especially proper nouns) and verbs. At least this is what I find to be true in my own reading.

    How many words to mark

  • Ok, I understand, so in this stage i should try just to improve my “marking skills”, and then in the next lectures this will be linked with understanding articles?

  • You should keep high level of understanding. I suggest to use more markers than you actually need and then reduce the number of markers. When I was training there was a stage when I memorized the whole text using per-word markers. This is definitely not a must, but if you want you can choose to train your “marking skills” this way.

    How may I link the words I choose


    Nathan M

    I’m really struggling in choosing markers, I don’t have a clue what words to chose. I’ve placed a link below to an article, it’s format is one that is very similar to articles I read often; as in it contains images, tables, code alongside long bodies of text.

    Also could you tell me how I would recall all of the markers and when to recall them. Do you form short stories out of the words you’ve chosen? Or something else?

    • I am reading very similar articles all the time. First I prioritize information: not all the numbers in all the tables is meaningful. Then I use a sort of mindmapping technique where I transform the article into mental “minisite”, each “page” consisting of very small amount of information [a paragraph and an image/graph/table]. Finally I try to remember each “page” and links between the “pages”. In this scenario I have per-page markers, per-link markers, and per-idea markers within each “page”.

      Is there a speed-marking method?


      Pablo Ignacio Chapa Beriestain 

      I’ve trained my marking skills, and I think I’ve accomplished a pretty good level. I’m in lecture 18 now and although I feel confident with my marking, it’s slow, how can I improve my speed marking?

      In other hand, i didn’t quite get how to remove subvocalization.


      • Subvocalization will go away when you work on reading in Saccades, and push yourself faster and faster and faster. If you are using true saccades, you’ll break through the “Sound barrier” pretty quickly, and comprehension will immediately drop to nearly nothing. From there, you want to work on building up comprehension, NOT slowing down. Make sense?

      • I understand, so I keep practicing with saccades and comprehension will come along, right?

        But I still don’t understand something, when using saccades, it’s like I don’t achieve in creating markers, it’s too fast, any advice?

      • You create markers per-idea and not per word or phoneme. This way you need much less markers per paragraph. If you create around 5 markers per second your reading speed can be as high as 2000wpm. Now you need to practice subvocalization suppression in parallel to improving marker creation speed. Within 2 weeks you should be able to create at least 1 or 2 markers per second. Also you will be able to double your reading speed if you practice subvocalization suppression at the right speed at least an hour a day.

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3 Replies to “How do you choose what word to mark?”

  1. Should we practice making markers quicker first or saccadic faster reading??
    When im trying to read faster it keeps on occuring in my mind that i should generate markers. But if i do that i slow down :/

    1. Once you can memorize 20 words in 60 seconds using markers, you can start working of subvocalization suppression. If you suppress subvocalization before you can create fast markers you will start reading texts without understanding them. Saccades go after you suppressed subvocalization: there is not point optimizing where you look if you read slowly.

  2. Really like this post. Isn’t there an application that can be used to track the amount of time spent in an app? I do a lot of reading on my iPhone but I always feel inadequate and like I’m not meeting the daily reading and practicing goals if I’m not consciously tracking how much time is spent doing each one.

    Dominic Jones

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