Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Reading Problems and Solutions ABC World News

Reading Problems and Solutions ABC World News
ABC World News report on a solution for reading problems.

When I was 5 years old the words on the blackboard started moving around,
maybe only for a few seconds, but this was really rather frightening.
Just try and imagine if your chairs or knives and forks started dancing around - impossible?
Using coloured glasses has been known for a great many years,
and yet it does not seem to be a widely recognised as a possible solution.
I know someone who only experiences this when he's tired or stressed.

If words sliding off the page because the page is arched is normal for your child but is not normal
for you then it is possible that neither of you would bring this phenomenon up in conversation.

It has been proved that reading in a soft, warm light assists in reading comfort and success
and so suggested for those who follow my Turbo Charged Reading programme.

Often we find black or a shade or so lighter than black text on a warm coloured paper
is much easier to read as stark white paper is so harsh and tiring.

Also the text in my TCR programme is in the Arial font as that is easier for dyslexic people to read.
While I am slightly dyslexic and often don't use Arial for my personal use;
I have to admit that it is the clearest text when compared, in detail, with others.

Introduction to Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
A practical overview of Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
How to choose a book. A Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Emotions when Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Advanced Reading Skills Perhaps you’d like to join my FaceBook group ?
Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:         gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life               which takes advantage of the experience and expertise of others.         just for fun.

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

What Is Turbo Charged Reading and who will benefit from using this natural ability?

What Is Turbo Charged Reading 
and who will benefit from using this natural ability?
Written By M'reen

In short it is reading in the way your mind is designed to read.
Which is not the way you are probably reading now – that is each word reading.

The top of the tree example is: a PhD student poured 20,000 pages into his innermind in a week,
it took his innermind a further week to catalogue, collate and bring forth the specific information
he needed for his thesis' which he completed by week three !
It can take some people three weeks to read one book!

How much an hour do you charge for your services?
Therefore it costs you that much to each word read.
And how much of what you have read do you remember?
And how much of that do you retain for your long term use?

When Turbo Charged Reading
you fuel your body with oxygen,
you put your right and left brains into gear,
and you switch on a sat nav  that actually works – your mind
and you then get out of the way as you let your auto self drive take over.
Slow reading really is having someone walk in front of you with a red flag! 
At the end of this stage all the information read is in your innermind
and your brain starts producing new information pathways
and it needs some quiet time to do this.
This is like putting money in the bank that is gaining real interest.
You have already decided upon your withdrawal sequence when you banked the information
and now is the time to withdraw that information into your conscious awareness.
This can be done in a variety of ways that suits you best.
Should you wish to make further withdrawals then you submit another withdrawal slip
being as creative as someone avoiding paying their tax.

These simple, natural steps use your body, mind and energy systems
and if any of those words seem unrealistic when applied to reading please stay with me
as I carefully explain over the next few blogs how all this ties together and will work for you.

Expressed differently you prepare your body, mind and energy 
to let the printed word on paper or electronic devices 
bypass your eyes and conscious mind with its gremlins
and go straight into you innermind
where you can choose to trigger it deliberately or it maybe it will pop up spontaneously.
I was unaware that I had a star map in my innermind until I went to live in Colorado Springs. CO. USA
and spontaneously found that the star map was all wrong! When I went on holiday to Providecialis,
a British Protectorate in the West Indies, the stars had moved again.

As a beginning reader you had to go through a lot of processes in order to decipher 
the squiggles on the paper. Now that you have mastered that in your familiar languages and context
you no longer need to repeat those processes when TCR as you just use them.
Rather in the same way that you no longer need to double de-clutch to change a car’s gears
as modern technology enables you to simply employ the auto mode
and ‘get out of the way’ as the car selects the optimum gear.

Who will benefit from Turbo Charged Reading?

Anyone of any age who can read with comprehension.
For example I couldn’t slow or TCR read a book on Rugby as I don’t understand the positions
or plays. People who have recently learned how to TCR forget this and become disillusioned
when reading material out of their knowledge range. They forget that that familiarity will take
just a little more time to accommodate than material from their professional arena.
However, rather like my star then that information will be absorbed.
Back to Rugby, I could read in a sports area with which I’m familiar in my expected time frame,
but with the Rugby I’d just have to take a side step and TRC a ‘dictionary of Rugby terms’
before reading, what for me would be, a more advanced book.

People who are dyslexic.
This is a term that means so very many different things at different degrees of severity.
I am a little dyslexic, but not when it comes to reading. I just do things that are incomprehensible
even to myself; some of which have long impressive names according to the specialists.
A dyslexic person can speak, remember and do all that good stuff 
and TCR is so fast that the printed word doesn't have time to cause problems 
as it goes directly into the innermind to be processed.

People with a poor memory.
I am assured from others that people who have to have a letter from their Doctor
allowing them extra time in exams find that after TCR for a time period
that such an extension is no longer necessary.

People who are slow readers.
Such people often don’t finish reading a book as they get bored.
When TCR, the process is so fast that I TCR my first novel at seven times faster 
than when slow each-word reading and reading a novel is the slowest way to TCR.
Non-fiction books simply zip by and at the end of reading you have either a working knowledge
of the book or a very detailed knowledge depending entirely upon your pre-determined needs.
At first you can take around half an hour to read with a working knowledge level
a non-fiction book of 2-300 pages.

All the text in my 5 TCR success levels is also presented as MP3 audio recordings;
therefore people who have problems reading can easily gain this material
and also people can listen in addition to reading and so consolidate their background knowledge.
In addition I have produced some Gremlin Taming MP3s using my skills as a hypno/energy therapist
and these are available to those who wish to  take advantage of this facility
to deal with any saboteurs that try and get in the way of your success
in your personal and business life.

Introduction to Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
A practical overview of Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
How to choose a book. A Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Emotions when Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Advanced Reading Skills Perhaps you’d like to join my FaceBook group ?
Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:         gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life               which takes advantage of the experience and expertise of others.         just for fun.

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Remember more of what you read and hear: 6 research-tested ways to improve your memory.

Remember more of what you read and hear:
6 research-tested ways to improve your memory.
Written by Belle Beth Cooper

We’ve looked at a few different strategies to help remember the names of people you meet 
on the Buffer blog before, but there’s lots to say about memory.

It turns out that science is continually finding new connections between simple things we can do
every day and an improvement in our general memory capacity.

Memory is a complicated process that’s made up of a few different brain activities.
Here’s a simplified version to help us understand how the process takes place:

1. Creating a memory.
Our brain sends signals in a particular pattern associated with the event we’re experiencing
and creates connections between our neurons, called synapses.

2. Consolidating the memory.
If we didn’t do anything further, that memory would fall right out of our heads again. 
Consolidation is the process of committing it to long-term memory so we can recall it later. 
A lot of this process happens while we’re sleeping, as our brains recreate that same pattern 
of brain activity to strengthen the synapses we created earlier.

3. Recalling the memory
This is what most of us think of when we talk about memory, or especially memory loss. 
Recalling the memory is easier if it’s been strengthened over time, and each time we do so, 
we run through that same pattern of brain activity again, making it a little stronger.

Memory loss is a normal part of aging, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take action to slow it down 
a little. Let’s take a look at some of the ways research has found to keep our memories around 
as long as possible.1. Meditate to improve your working memory Working memory, 
which is a bit like the brain’s notepad, is where new information is held temporarily. 
When you learn someone’s name or hear the address of a place you’re going to, 
you hang on to those details in working memory until you’re done with them.
If they’re not useful anymore, you let go of them entirely. 
If they are, you commit them to long-term memory where they can be strengthened and recalled later.

Working memory is something we use every day, and it makes our lives a lot easier 
when it’s stronger. For most adults, the maximum we can hold in our working memory 
is about seven items, but if you’re not quite using your working memory to its max capacity, 
meditation is one thing you can try to strengthen it.

Research has shown that participants with no experience in mindfulness meditation can improve their memory recall in just eight weeks. Meditation, with its power to help us concentrate, has also been shown to improve improve standardized test scores and working memory abilities after just two weeks.

Why does meditation benefit memory? It’s somewhat counterintuitive. 
During meditation, our brains stop processing information as actively as they normally would.

In the image below you can see how the beta waves (shown in bright colors on the left), 
which indicate that our brains are processing information, 
are dramatically reduced during meditation (on the right).

2. Drink coffee to improve your memory consolidation.
Whether caffeine can improve memory if taken before learning something new is debatable. 
Most research has found little-to-no effect from ingesting caffeine prior to creating new memories.
One recent study, however, found that taking a caffeine pill after a learning task actually improved
memory recall up to 24 hours later.

Participants memorized a set of images, and were later tested by viewing the same images (targets),
similar images (lures) and completely different images (foils). The task was to pick out which 
were the exact pictures they had memorized, without being tricked by the lures which were very similar. This is a process called pattern separation, which, according to the researchers, reflects a “deeper level of memory retention.”
The researchers in this study focused on the effects of caffeine on memory consolidation:
the process of strengthening the memories we’ve created. This is why they believe there were effects when caffeine was ingested after the learning task, rather than before.

3. Eat berries for better long-term memory.
Another diet-related effect on memory is the mounting research that eating berries
can help to stave off memory decline.
A study from the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School found that supplementing 
a normal diet with blueberries for twelve weeks improved performance on spatial working memory tasks. The effects started just three weeks in and continued for the length of the study.

A long-term berry study that tested the memory of female nurses who were over 70 years old 
found that those who had regularly eaten at least two servings of strawberries or blueberries each week had a moderate reduction in memory decline. (The effects of strawberries might be debatable, though, since that study was partly funded by the California Strawberry Commission and another study focusing on strawberries suggested that you’d need to eat roughly 10 pounds of strawberries per day to see any effect). 

More research is needed in this area, but science is getting closer to understanding how 
berries might affect our brains. In particular, blueberries are known for being high in flavanoids, 
which appear to strengthen existing connections in the brain. That could explain why they’re beneficial for long-term memory.

4. Exercise to improve your memory recall.
Studies in both rat and human brains have shown that regular exercise can improve memory recall. 
Fitness in older adults has even been proven to slow the decline of memory without the aid 
of continued regular exercise. 

In particular, studies show that regular exercise can improve spatial memory, 
so it’s not necessarily a way to improve all kinds of memory recall.

Of course, the benefits of exercise are numerous, but for the brain in particular, regular exercise has been shown to improve cognitive abilities beyond memory. So if you’re looking for a way to stay sharp mentally, taking a walk could be the answer. See how a quick walk ignites the brain in the scan below:

5. Chew gum to make stronger memories.
Another easy method to try that could improve your memory is chewing gum while you learn 
new things. There’s been some contradictory research around this topic, so it’s not a solid bet,
but a study published last year showed that participants who completed a memory recall task 
were more accurate and had higher reaction times if they chewed gum during the study.

One reason that chewing gum might affect our memory recall is that it increases activity in the hippocampus, an important area of the brain for memory. It’s still unclear why this happens, though.
Another theory focuses on the increase of oxygen from chewing gum, which can help with focus
and attention. This could mean we’re creating stronger connections in the brain as we learn 
new things while chewing gum. One study found that participants who chewed gum during learning and memory tests had higher heart rate levels than control groups, which can also lead to 
more oxygen flowing to the brain.

6. Sleep more to consolidate your memories. 
Sleep has proven to be one of the most important elements in having a good memory. 
Since sleep is when most of our memory consolidation process occurs, 
it makes sense that without enough sleep we’re going to struggle to remember the things 
we’ve learned. Even a short nap can improve your memory recall.

In one study, participants memorized illustrated cards to test their memory strength. 
After memorizing a set of cards, they had a 40-minute break wherein one group napped, 
and the other stayed awake. After the break, both groups were tested on their memory of the cards – the group who had napped performed better:

Much to the surprise of the researchers, the sleep group performed significantly better, 
retaining on average 85 percent of the patterns, compared to 60 percent for those 
who had remained awake.
Apparently, napping actually helps our brain to solidify memories:
Research indicates that when memory is first recorded in the brain—in the hippocampus, 
to be specific— it’s still “fragile” and easily forgotten, especially if the brain is asked to memorize
more things. Napping, it seems, pushes memories to the neocortex, the brain’s “more permanent storage,” preventing them from being “overwritten.”

Not only is sleep after learning a critical part of the memory creation process, 
but sleep before learning something new is important as well. 
Research has found that sleep deprivation can affect our ability to commit new things to memory 
and consolidate any new memories we create. 

Have you tried any of these methods for improving your memory? 
What works best for you? Let us know in the comments.

If you liked this post, you might also like Inactivity and the Brain: Why Exercise is More Important than Ever and The Secret to Creativity, Intelligence, and Scientific Thinking: Being Able to Make Connections.

Introduction to Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
A practical overview of Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
How to choose a book. A Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Emotions when Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Advanced Reading Skills Perhaps you’d like to join my FaceBook group ?
Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:         gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life               which takes advantage of the experience and expertise of others.         just for fun.

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

A double espresso and the FT: Can newspapers survive?

Photograph taken by M'reen

From a Turbo Charged Reading perspective:
In order to read a full sized newspaper you may have to stand up and back away a little
in order to see both pages or you could train yourself to see the four corners of one page
and then slide across to the four corners of the next page.
In full TCR mode TCR the full paper for a couple of reasons; firstly you are educating
your body, your mind and your emotions and energy to read in this way
and secondly you never know when that unusual spontaneous bit of information
might gain you brownie points.
After TCR the whole paper, then go back and read the articles that interest you
in the prescribed manner – omitting the memory stage unless it is relevant
for some reason.
When you return home go through the newspaper again and it will probably feel like
old news as during the day you’ve probably had conversations or heard the radio etc.
Also the major news stories evolve over a number of days and this is like building up
your understanding and recall in layers; therefore a story that you may not yet have paid particular attention to will have its previous day’s information stored in your innermind.
Just to prove your success, if you have a week old newspaper that you each word read
then review that paper and see how much you actually recall and compare that
with a week old newspaper that you Turbo Charged Read.


I am not a reluctant adopter of new technology, as in many ways publishing apps can
significantly enhance and enrich readers’ experience above and beyond what is possible in print. Newspapers and magazines can now be easily accessed through tablets and e-readers
such as Kindles and iPads and in most instances, a greater depth of knowledge
and quality of entertainment can be achieved through such platforms.

That said, there is also something very special about sitting down and reading a print-based magazine or newspaper. I thoroughly enjoy at weekends reading the Sunday Times
and the Financial Times (FT) Weekend, and the Telegraph and FT during the week.
Their very likely long-term demise in print form is, therefore for me, somewhat depressing.
My local newspaper seller has stated quite emphatically that selling newspapers has 
little or no profit. The debate about the decline of newspapers, however, is not new –
it has been highlighted since televisions became a mainstream technology
and readily affordable in the 1970s.  
But am I becoming a rare breed – one who obtains psychological enjoyment from sitting down
with a nice cup of tea or good double espresso and reading the papers? I fear that I am.  
Should I lament the demise of newspapers or celebrate the rich content of the new e-formats?
Since the 1990s, aside from the loss of industrial media and the fragmentation caused by digital
and social media, the falling sales of newspapers has been caused by a number of critical
and interdependent factors:

The rise in free newspapers, such as the Metro and the London Evening Standard.
The emergence of important sources of news from the web, such as the Huffington Post.
Demographics: within an ageing population, young people simply do not secure their news
from papers and the older generation complain that newspapers are too expensive.
The price and investment involved in generating articles, printing and distribution print media.
The web’s dominance in classified advertising e.g  Gumtree and Craigslist,
hence loss of vital sustaining revenue from newspapers.
Numerous news sources and the growing popularity of tablets and smartphones
as vehicles for accessing news and information.
The growing disinterest of much of our own population in learning about global events.
Twitter’s rise in popularity and use has fostered a twitter-like superficiality
in accessing and understanding news.
Growth in the visual entertainment and news through platforms such as YouTube.

It is probably accurate and fair to state that the younger generation are less inclined
or motivated to read newspapers or paper-based journals. Indeed, a significant minority 
of the population are sadly disinterested in hard news, replete with geopolitical crises 
and the actions of nihilistic extremists in the Middle East. The malaise that many people feel towards global and national news is partly due to realisation that they themselves can do little 
to influence events and partly due to the sheer and overwhelming negativity of news. 
This of course may be the social, economic and geopolitical reality, 
but for many it is just too much “doom and gloom.”
When you factor in conspiracy theories in this context, newspapers as vectors of negativity
do not really stand much of chance in the long term.
It would, however, be somewhat misleading to suggest that younger people have significantly
less interest in news, per se. It may be more accurate to suggest that interests and accessibility
to information have changed so much over the last 15 years that priorities have shifted,
along with the way news is accessed, digested, and disseminated. What definitely seems to have changed is the shift away from in-depth analysis to concise articles, which highlight the saline points of interest. In the UK, in paper form, this has been manifested in the ‘I’ newspaper,
a sister publication of the Independent.  Many people under 40 that I have spoken with,
even in a professional capacity, seem less inclined to want to understand the factors and drivers behind a specific news event or the associated ramifications and interdependencies.
Apathy towards in-depth analysis of news and features is probably a function of technology-driven media, which constantly communicates stories in a twitter-like format.
It is after all, somewhat difficult to read an in-depth review on a smart phone.
We constantly check our messages, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts, amongst others,
and as slaves to social media, we simply do not have time to read in-depth reviews.
Loss of interest in newspapers and in-depth analysis has also been compounded by a growing interest in celebrity, gaming and superficial forms of entertainment, which normally distract
and insulate from the harsh reality of the world.  Quality newspapers and journals, such as the Economist, also offer more in-depth analysis of events and require their readers’ attention
for more than we’re used to.  This is also another reason why newsprint and many quality journals will eventually become digital. The question then arises that if people have 
less attention span than their parents and if the social media generation is less inclined to read
in-depth articles, then what is the future for digital news formats?
Will they adapt by offering more numerous and concise articles, in effect, ‘speed reads’
for their time-constrained consumers?
It is also fair to point out that if a generation of people who have experienced the thrills
of gaming through the web now have access to huge amounts of information and knowledge, then why would they wish to read newspapers and economic/political journals? 
Much of this information is available for free in places such as Wikipedia, YouTube 
or through dedicated blogs.
Why would you want to limit your experience to a static two-dimensional page in a newspaper about two planes colliding, when you can actually experience the event visually on YouTube
and share it with friends and associates?
There is no real competition once one assimilates visual media.
There is no doubt that digital or e-versions of newspapers and journals provide
incredible opportunities to develop stories, create animation, and allow the reader
a much richer reading and learning experience.

So what do I conclude? I recognise that my desire and enjoyment in reading a quality newspaper
or journal is partly habit-based and partly rooted in the false security of the past. 
The halcyon days of reading current news in the form of a newspaper are clearly over.
But as someone who accepts Darwinian adaptation, even when badly applied to non-biological concepts, I just hope that digital formats embrace in-depth and contextual analysis. 
Digital formats should be able to take readers across a spectrum of analysis, allowing those
who wish to skim the surface as well as those who wish to fish deeper into the waters
the same sense of satisfaction.

John Dalton
Director of LSP

Why is it always the new generations fault?
I know more people in their early twenties like me that read than people of 40 and over.
My generation is more creative, inquisitive and interested in learning and in exploring
our own culture & heritage. We instigated the revival of vinyl record sales for example.
I'd also bet we march more on Westminster than this author.
If things are so awful, why did your generation let it happen?
This feels suspiciously similar to the repetitive mantra "your generation has it easy."
I heard that growing up as an adolescent during periods of historically low employment for young people, from a generation that walked straight out of university into a job and enjoyed the eighties boom, yet recklessly ruined the planet, ruined the economy and voted for Margaret Thatcher.

Introduction to Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
A practical overview of Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
How to choose a book. A Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Emotions when Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Advanced Reading Skills Perhaps you’d like to join my FaceBook group ?
Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:         gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life               which takes advantage of the experience and expertise of others.         just for fun.

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”