Photoreading it is accelerated learning technique. They say that when the alms are great even the saint distrusts. And, if you read the results that the author promises in his book, without a doubt, you will be suspicious. Anyway, trying it is free, and con help of these open source programs doing it is also very easy.
Personally, although I never achieved the promised results, I find that after applying it I find it much easier to understand a text. In fairness, the complete lack of success could be due to my being very nearsighted and the method requires being able to see a text at some distance. On the other hand, its detractors maintain that it is the pre and post procedure to Photoreading the one who achieves the results
Free Software for Photo Reading
Let's start at the beginning. With the definition of Photoreading. We all (at least in the West) read the same way, from left to right and top to bottom. If you took a speed reading course, you will have learned the concept of "Fixation patterns". The advice is to stop looking at each word and gaze down the page letting the eye catch the content.
Photoreading goes even further. Maintains that the human brain is capable of incorporating the content of a page just by looking at it for a second. For this, the method uses preconscious processing and subliminal perception. Of course the thing is not so easy. I know requires a procedure for that knowledge embedded in the brain to surface.
It is interesting to know how its inventor, a consultant-in-training named Paul Scheele, ended up developing a method that he claims can read 25000 words per minute.
Scheele had reading comprehension problems and that led him to follow various speed reading courses Speaking with specialists, was interested in the latest discoveries about how we humans learn and ended up developing the method.
Of course the guy doesn't run a charity organization. Charge for the book, the courses and the additional material. But, if you know where to look on the internet you can find everything you need to apply the technique for free.
Regarding its usefulness, I cannot attest that the promised results will be obtained. The work that it would take me to adapt a large text to be able to photo-read it is greater than it would take me to use a traditional study technique. I reiterate that this is a limitation of my visual impairment.
Anyway, the other steps of the technique are similar to that of many other study techniques that they were proven effective, so if you decide to try the technique, you won't waste time.
The steps of Photoreading
The Photo-reading method consists of the following steps:
1) Preparation: Be clear about what we want to do with the material we are going to study. We also need programs that allow us to read the texts. If they are in Epub formpat we should use gauge. As for documents in pdf format, all Linux distributions include a suitable viewer with the possibility of viewing it in full screen.
2) Previous reading: This stage is to familiarize yourself with the material and the way it is organized. Since we are probably working with scanned texts it is also a way to eliminate those parts of the text that we do not need. At this stage, tools that allow us to edit pdf documents such as Xournal ++, PDFsam o pdftk.
3) Photo reading: This is the stage where "the miracle" occurs. This is where our brain will process the information from the text on a preconscious level. Basically it is about our eye seeing the entire page for one second. This can be done with a presentation program like LibreOffice Impress or the aforementioned pdf viewers.
4) Activation: We already have the knowledge in our preconscious mind. Now we need to take it to a place where it helps us. What is recommended is that some time after the photo-reading we resume the text letting our eyes run through the text and stopping in those parts where we feel the need to do so. It is useful while we read to create a mind map with tools such as View Your Mind o Freemind.
5) Final reading: In this step we read how we normally do it. We can go faster in those parts that are irrelevant to us and slower in those that we find interesting or are a little more complex to understand.
In next article we are going to see more extensively the different stages and the use of the different programs.