A Good Memory is the Foundation for Every Student

What if you could remember everything you studied? What if your memory were impervious to flaw and stronger than steel? Well, as a student you’d like that wouldn’t you? If behooves the prospective student to pay mind to how well their memory works. Filling that bucket in your head is only helpful if you make sure there are no holes through which the water of knowledge can flow out. Thankfully there are some time tested ways to plug any holes in that memory of yours & help you retain all that you soak up through study.

How, I’ve presented you with an analogy: The brain is like a bucket & the holes in the bucket are those things that keep up from remembering. So to begin with, let’s talk about some things that inhibit necessary components in the brain from helping us to remember. In a broad sense, anything that restricts blood flow to the brain can poke a hole in that bucket of your memory. This is because the brain uses the oxygen it gets from the blood throughout the day to perform thousands of functions. Some other things that inhibit brain functionality, according to Laureli Blyth psychotherapist & author of BrainPower, include smoking, drugs, stress, depression, strokes, unchallenging environments & traumatic physical accidents. Each of these events can block brain chemicals from being created, from properly taking in information from the world, from filling up the memory bucket & then retrieving those precious drops of information when they are needed.

Next, anything that we do to build new brain connections gives us a greater store of experience with which to attach those things we are learning in the classroom. Therefore, learning a new skill, participating in physical activity or even reading an engaging book can help you lay down new connections & prepare you for maximizing your studies. As a student, remember that your ability to remember inside the classroom is connected to your activities outside.

Another hole that many of us need to plug up is the hole of too little sleep. Dr Daniel Amen, author of the bestselling book Change Your Brain, Change Your Life & the new audio lectures on addiction called Unchain Your Brain, says that we sleep less on average than those of our recent past. We have dropped from about 8 hours of sleep on average to about 6 hours a night. Sleep is important. While we don’t understand everything that goes on during while we slumber, we do know that memory ability decreases as sleep does. This is partially due to the lower amount of oxygen the brain receives when it has less rest & partially due to the believed function of the sleeping brain to arrange & code the events of the day into deeper memory.

Let’s not forget food! The body has an amazing ability to take nutrients from the food we eat & make up to a degree when it doesn’t find it therein. However, when we don’t supply our brain with the necessary nutrients it runs deficient in the chemicals needed for memory to function properly. Your brain works better when you feed it a daily intake of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants. A diet rich in veggies, fruits, nuts, fish & seeds along with a good whole food-based vitamin & mineral supplement can do great things for your brain (consult your doctor before beginning any supplementation program). You can have a hair mineral analysis to determine what vitamins & minerals your body is lacking.

Lastly, exercise, like nothing else produces positive effects in the brain. It does so by increasing blood flow & thus oxygen to the brain. It also increases our sense of well being because of the natural feel-good chemicals it releases in the brain called endorphins.

To summarize: exercise, eat well, sleep close to 8 hours & don’t do drugs. Sounds an awfully like the same old health advice, right? Well, as it turns out, there’s a reason for that. Our bodies & minds are connected. What we do to one affects the other. These basic & broad strategies keep our bucket “holeless” so our studies can stick in our memory without leaking out. Do these things & enjoy learning outside of school work & your memory will thank you. For specific memory tricks see _________ or _________.

4 Success Secrets Students Should Strive to Stand By

 Success. It’s a word that is defined in a thousand different ways for 100 different people. As a student, success to you may mean passing your math final. It may mean getting out of bed in time for that early morning chemistry class or even just scratching by and finishing the semester. These definitions are not the kind of success I will be addressing here. The kind that I want to suggest to you as a necessity for you is the kind of success that energizes, the kind that those who thrive feel on a regular basis and not the kind that is defined by those just getting by, hanging on by a thread as it were.

Here are four secrets of those who succeed in whatever they endeavor to do. Mark them well, for they are not under lock and key. They are secrets available to all; however, success follows only he who puts its principles into practice and for none else. Students can bring into their lives rewards greater than good grades and higher than honors. Pay attention and plan on living these four secrets & your days will be filled with success.

Secret 1: You are not your past. If you were a letter-man in high school or were on the cheer leading team, you may have experienced an artificially high self esteem, for the rest of us “regular” people our high school years may have been filled with awkwardness & doubt. Know that jock or nerd, cheerleader or loner, you past does not determine your future. Those who succeed learn to let go of past situations that threaten to define them as not that good, or that conversely give them an inflated sense of importance. They have a vision of the future, yet live life in the present, knowing that it’s the only moment they have to act.

Secret 2: Listen to others. Have you ever felt really understood? I’m talking so well understood that you couldn’t help but overflow with gratitude & perhaps tears? Now compare that feeling to a time when somebody cut you off & wouldn’t let you finish your sentence, a time it seemed that they only wanted to get their own point across. Quite a contrast, yeah? There’s a secret in giving others that time and attention that facilitates an air of understanding. When you give this to others you gain friends and people who are ready to help you out when you need it.

Secret 3: Momentum rules. When you run down a hill you pick up speed & pretty soon nobody’s going to stop you once you reach the bottom. It’s the same with success. When you act consistently towards a goal you pick up speed & habits form that keep you moving towards it.

Secret 4: Values determine decisions. Many a great man has lost much in a moment of poor decision. Values aren’t merely a list of words on your wall, but rather are like young plants that must be nurtured and acted upon, consistently and on purpose. Otherwise, you create for yourself a shaky foundation that will likely cause your house to topple over when the storms and tough decisions come. Some people never recover from these types of disasters. Decide what your values are (you can use the technique I describe in How to Create a Vision to Enhance Learning to discover what your values are) and act daily to create those values in you.

In the course of your college career, dedicate some time each day to studying & applying success principles so when it’s all done, you’ll have gained more than a diploma. Remember that all can transcend their past, invigorate others through listening, develop daily habits that create momentum & do so while solidifying solid & sturdy values in their lives.

How to Create a Vision to Enhance Learning

 “Without vision the people perish,” says a wise verse of scripture. It’s in pondering these words that college-bound students should put some valuable time. For it could just as easily be said, “Without vision, the college student tapers off & drops out.” Even if that doesn’t happen, you may end up with a degree and aimless, which can be just as bad.

Vision is a picture of where you’re headed. It also entails a reason why you’re headed there that transcends the mere pleasing of parents or of wealth generation, both of which get old in time.

In his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey shares a small exercise to help you get to the heart of your values, which will underscore your vision. He starts by asking you to envision yourself at your funeral. See yourself floating above everything & observing all those in attendance. See the looks on their faces and feel what they are feeling in regards to you. Hear the words of those who speak, sharing their thoughts of who you are and what you meant to them. Part of the reason this is a powerful activity is because everything said at a funeral is good. How many times have you been to a service where you hear the deceased referred to as a no-good, lousy scumbag? While some may think this, few say it. Perhaps this is because we all desire others to remember us for the good we’ve done and put to rest all of the things we weren’t proud of.

Covey’s little thought experiment is good also for another reason. It gets at the heart of your values. When all is said & done, how do you wish to be remembered? Those things that remain when all else is peeled away are your values. A value-based vision of where you’re going in life, if refreshed & tapped into often will give students a much greater ability to persist through those rough midterms, finals and monster papers.

Capturing down on paper how you wish to be remembered also gives you, the prospective or current student, a direction that many students never have. Think about it. If you knew where you were going and all of your class work was helping you to get there, don’t you think you’d have a better ability to stick with it than the student who thought all his classes where a waste of time? Sure! You better believe it!

So, if you don’t already have a vision statement, take some quiet time, perhaps up in the mountains or by a stream. Hover above your funeral and take notes on who you’ve become (remember, YOU control this). Then once you have a list of what you’ve become, start planning what you want to do to achieve that vision. This will breathe excitement & life into any education you pursue. Here’s to your vision of a successful education!

Think & Grow Rich in the Classroom

Think & Grow Rich is a manual for success in life. Of course there is a strong need for business students everywhere to feast on its powerful mindset building teachings, but there is also a need for all students to not only read, but to work to understand & put into practice that which Napoleon Hill,  the book’s author, learned about achieving one’s dreams. This understanding arose from the interviewing and detailed observation of thousands of successful people in all careers & fields of endeavor. How would your life be different if you woke up each morning n& felt a burning drive to service others with the best within you? How would it be different if you were able to think up a plan, stick with it & love every minute of the ride towards that destination?

While no single article can capture the power contained in that book, let me give you several beneficial truths I gained from reading it. My intention is to get you to think about how you think & to give more attention to choosing your thoughts instead of thinking whatever comes to your mind.

Our minds are like gardens, we can plant there what we will, but if we don’t tend to the weeding & watering, those wonderful watermelons and tasty tomatoes will struggle, suffer & die. And, on top of that, if we don’t plant good things there, the space will naturally grow up whatever seeds are blown on the wind, which tends to be weeds. I’ve yet to see a whole variety of vegetables and edible plants blow their way into my garden, plant themselves, in rows and plump up just for me to pick and eat. Such a bounteous feast takes intentional design, preparation & persistence.

In Think & Grow Rich you’ll learn about the power that comes with having a definite purpose in life. Why are you going to school? Often college students arrive in the classroom because of the expectations of their parents. Ask 100 college freshmen what they want to do with their lives and chances are a good portion of them will say “I don’t know. I’m just taking generals right now and have to still decide.” If this is your situation, make finding out your number one priority. This question should consume your thoughts and your spare time until you have an answer that burns within your chest. Without this definite purpose you, like the weeds that so often find themselves in the garden, will find yourself blown with the wind. And you may not like where you end up. Mapping out exactly where you want to go is essential if you are to ever to get there. As the Cheshire Cat in Wonderland said to Alice when she didn’t know where she wanted to end up, “Then it really doesn’t matter which way you go.” Step one in success in life as well as the classroom is making the decision of where you want go.

The next principle that spoke powerfully to my soul is that principle of autosuggestion. This idea is probably something you’ve heard of before. Many speak of affirmations and these are part of autosuggestion, but there’s more. If you’ve read James Allen’s classic little thought provoking book As a Man Thinketh, you’ll get an idea of what autosuggestion is. At the core of it is this: the dominant thoughts you think & feelings you feel will eventually begin to create them in a physical form. We first create things spiritually – in the heart & mind – & then they seek expression physically.

Lastly, Hill talks about the power of persistence and faith. Thomas Edison was known for having tried thousands of different materials to light up a light bulb. Where would we be without the simple convenience of a light bulb? And all because of the vision of a man, his faith that it would come about if he simply worked at it until it happened – persistence.

If you are entering college and have yet to decide where you’re going, get Think & Grow Rich right now and eat it up! Trust me; it will be well worth your time.

Learn How to Study on the Go

Life is full of distractions and sometimes, students are not able to study without them. At other times, students are naturally distracted and can even struggle with ADD (attention deficit disorder). Learning how to study on the go provides counsel on how to effectively study despite the numerous tasks that life brings.

Tip #1: Make the Task Definite

Before a student can manage a task, he or she must know the nature of the task. Sit down and set out in writing what the learning task is. It could be, for example, a biology exam on Darwinian evolution. In setting out the task, be sure to understand the expectations of the professor for the exam. Often, this may require going to the professor rather than just asking a classmate for help. Failure to properly understand the task will negatively affect the final exam and grade.

Tip #2: Divide and Conquer

Once the task has been established, break the task up into smaller tasks. For example, a student who has a comprehensive final exam on Darwinian evolution may start by reviewing the basic information regarding the life of Charles Darwin and his journey to the Galapagos Islands. The second week may consist of reviewing Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species. Break the task into many pieces and do not attempt to juggle multiple smaller tasks at once.

Tip #3: Prepare an Effective Study Area

Effective labor mandates an effective environment. The student who needs to start studying Darwin and Darwinian evolution should not go to the coffee shop (for example) to review for the exam. The coffee shop may have too much loud noise and conversation. Instead, the best place to study would be the library, where the student is able to gather his or her thoughts and review the material without being distracted. With the contemporary pace of life, students must maximize their study opportunities and accomplish as much as they can in as little time as possible. Studying in the coffee shop may not be conducive to this goal.

Tip #4: Get Started, No Matter What

Even in the effective environment, the student must make an effort to get down to business and get the work done. The student should remind himself or herself that diligent study results in a good final exam grade as well as a satisfying, unforgettable intellectual experience.

Tip #5: Constantly Evaluate

One way to remain calm in the studying process and build confidence in the work is to constantly evaluate the progress of the effort itself. How far has the student progressed in his or her exam review in just two weeks? Has the student nailed down the life of Charles Darwin, his accomplishments and failures? If not, has he or she found a connection between Darwin’s life and his book? Has she discovered an area of Darwin’s evolutionary theory that is confusing? Failure to evaluate progress will only increase stress and frustration.

The tips provided above are useful in learning how to study on the go. Nevertheless, the greatest tip for learning how to study on the go is life itself. Students will not always have ideal situations in which to study; sometimes, a student might find himself or herself repeating the facts of Darwin’s life while sitting in the emergency room all night with a friend. Nevertheless, more important than location is the personal commitment and dedication to the task.

5 Keys to 900 Word Per Minute Reading

Before I get into how to break the 100 word per minute reading barrier you’re gonna need to master some important skills. Well, I wouldn’t necessarily call some of these skills. Nevertheless, you’ll need to be willing to do them each time you read if you wish to lay a solid foundation for 900 word per minute reading.

Key number 1: As a kid I had glasses & would often take them off and try to read with a book an inch from my face. Reading without any needed help can be frustrating. Even those who could benefit from a light prescription often try to muscle through reading something without them. If you have to strain to read the page, you’d be better off getting some glasses or other corrective help. There are times when I get frustrated with reading and realize after a while that it’s simply because I can’t see the page! So, that’s the first key. Simple, but essential.

Key number 2: is similar to number one. Make sure you’re comfortable whenyou read. There are several components to being comfortable and that begins with having good lighting. Without this your eyes will have to try harder to see and will become tired quicker. This can be frustrating and can also lead to headaches.  Anything you can do to ease the strain on your eyes smashes barriers to good reading.

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, as all important things do. Prepare yourself a clean & comfortable environment so you can minimize or erase all possible distractions, including phone calls. A clean area keeps your mind from jumping from the book to things out of place. 

Next, a comfortable, upright chair & a firm desk can give you a great place to focus on reading. Note that by comfortable I don’t mean it’s time to slouch. Sit up straight with your feet on the floor. This prevents your body from getting tired quickly. It also promotes concentration. Maintaining an undisturbed environment is critical as each distraction adds up & the amount of time to return and reengage with your study. To further prepare a focus-friendly environment you may take note of what temperature works best for you. If it’s too hot you may get sleepy and if it’s too cold you will have a hard time focusing. Some light background music can help. So can pleasant smells from a candle or incense.

Key number 3: is to break in the book that you are reading so that it can lay flat on the desk in front of you without force. This allows you to focus on turning pages rather than holding your book open while writing notes, scratching your nose or anything else. Spending time turning back to where you were is not only obnoxious, but it can waste both time and energy, a barrier to reaching your reading potential.

Key number 4: Learn to turn. Removing the delays that often come from slow page turning is essential in your ability to read quickly. Presently it may not seem like that big a deal. It most likely seems this way because of the rate at which you read, but when you get into the upper limits of your reading prowess you will find that it is essential to do this correctly. Just imagine a concert pianist stopping mid song to turn a page, halting the flow of his piece. By having the book flat before you as described in key #3 you’ll be able to easily turn pages with your non dominant hand as you follow key #5 with your other. Simply rest your left arm (if you are right handed) across the top of the book and lift the top right corner, ready to change just as your reading reaches the bottom of the right-hand page. Upon turning, reassume the position and get ready for the next page turn. The faster you read the quicker you’ll need to do so.

Key number 5: Use your hand to read. Pace yourself with movement of the finger over or just under the words as you read them. This does several important things. It keeps you from stopping or fixating on words. Regressing to read previous words and traveling ahead to words down the page (To learn more about regression see this article). Using your hand helps you to focus on the words in a structured way.

There are many who read at 900 words per minute and above. Practice these five keys to open the door to faster reading & join them!

Your Hidden Voice – Subvocalizing Hinders Reading Speed

Your hidden voice, it’s a result of how you learned to read. During those years of learning to sound out simple words like C-A-T you also learned to speak whatever you read. “I don’t say everything that I read,” you may be thinking. However there have been those who study readers who have noted their vocal cords vibrating even when no audible sound was heard. So no, you may not be saying aloud what you read, but chances are good that you’re using what Stanley Frank, former Executive Vice President of Encyclopedia Britannica, calls your hidden voice, your voice that still pronounces everything you read as if you were reading aloud.

“So what?” you may be shrugging to yourself. “What’s the problem with using my ‘hidden voice’? I still read really well.” I’ll tell you what’s wrong with your hidden voice. It limits how fast you can read. While there are appropriate times to “subvocalize” what you’re reading, like when reading poetry, think, dense textbooks, jokes, dialogue & the like. Many if not most material can be digested at amazing rates when it’s read without using your hidden voice.

For now, don’t worry about that voice. Just know that it’s there. Reading seep caps “at around 900 words per minute when done with the hidden voice. 900 WPM isn’t a bad speed, either. It’s quicker than even the top students generally read. So, if you haven’t already, take the speed reading test #1 & then after reading my last article try putting into practice the suggestion on reading test #2 to see how much quicker you can read. Ideally you’d take the tests and practice speed reading in a book, but perhaps you’re reading this on an iPad or similar laptop tablet that resembles a book in that you can hold it and brush your finger across the screen as you read.

After doing those two little tests you’ll be excited to see that your reading speed instantly increases. You WILL have to practice the skills however if you hope to keep your new reading speed. Similar to any learning, you will need to spend some time each day to get better, but this should spur you on to practicing the skills mentioned in the other article. It may even excite you so much that you get into a speed reading class. Many online schools offer this type of education.

You can tell by your reading speed how effective you’re using your hidden voice. If you are reading at 200 – 400 WPM (learn how to track this in this article) you are most likely regressing back to previous words, reading many of them more than once. While some words should be read more than one, it’s a temptation to do this many more times than is necessary to read & understand. An efficient use of subvocalization & your hidden voice is achieved at around 400 – 600 words per minute. This is the place at which top students typically read…that includes college students!

When you’ve mastered the art of not regressing you will be able to attain reading speeds of 600 – 900 words per minute. This however is the point at which reading with your hidden voice tops off. Practice until you get to this point regularly and you’ll be ready to break the subvocal barrier & take off into the sky of Mental Soaring (a term used by the Evelyn Wood program & adressed in another article), reaching the great hieghts you were meant to as a student!

Three Simple Speed Reading Tips

I want to give you some of the speed reading techniques & reasons for using them that I learned from the Evelyn Wood 7 Day Speed Reading & Learning Program. This will immediately bring you a 50% increase in reading speed without even learning how to use them effectively. Shall we begin?

First of all you need to set your environment up so as to have optimal conditions for learning & reading. They will probably seem elemental & all too easy, but that’s the kicker, because they are such simple things they are so easy not to do and thus many never reach their potential with reading & learning. However, it’s through small and simple things that great things come about. You may find yourself rationalizing away the need for these things, but just try them out a week and make note of your progress.

Now with that little moral speech, here’s what you need to do to make your environment conducive to learning. Get yourself a firm, yet comfortable chair. You don’t want to read lying down or on a sofa. Next, have a solid desk on which you can take notes and place your book. You’ll also want to make sure you can focus in your area, so creating a quiet place is often best for people. Some find some background music helpful for concentration. Typically music without words is best, since you will be focusing on the words on the printed page, but try some different things out, find what works best for you.

It’s also good to have created a time in which your study won’t be interrupted. Interruptions have been found to significantly detract from one’s ability to reengage with material for most people. So, if you have obligations that need to be taken care of before reading, do so.  Put your phone on silent. Tell others you’d appreciate not to be disturbed. A sign on the door for this purpose can help remind them. Failure of students to create an atmosphere conducive to reading is often the single largest problem, but the easiest to remedy.

Now, as you read, move your fingers across the words you are reading, letting your eyes trail just behind your finger. Your speed at first should simply be comfortable. What you’re doing here is breaking a common habit called regression. This is where the eyes dart back to previous words to confirm that they understood. While awkward at first trust your mind to pick up on the overall concept of what you’re reading, even when your conscious mind doesn’t understand immediately. Breaking this one habit alone will give you much more ability to rise to great heights with your reading and comprehension. We often mentally check out while reading because we’re reading the same thing over and over again.

Thirdly, you’re used to reading each and every word on a page, after all, that’s how you learned to read, one word at a time. Great reading requires that you don’t. Not read every word!?! Well, hold your horses, that’s the end, but we’re just barely at the beginning. Start by trying to take in groups of words, say 2 or 3 at a time. Eventually when you reach the point of what’s called Mental Soaring, you’ll quite naturally drop the unnecessary baggage of filler words such as “of, and & like”. This allows you take off and fly to much greater reading heights.

So, prepare your reading space so you can concentrate, use your finger to pace your reading and prevent regression & finally take in more than one word at t a time and you’ll be on your way to better reading in no time.

A Few Benefits of Speed Reading

When I was in grade school I thought that I was dumb, well at least part of the time. I had a mathteacher that held me back. I would take much longer than other students on the timed standardized tests. As it turns out, I simply was getting bored quickly as I read the story problems. My mind would wander. I’t’s no wonder, I was reading at the very slow rate of 100 words per minute or less. The mind can’t help but say, “get on with it!” at that speed, especially if you are a student with ADD, as I was.

The mind is truly an amazingly capable structure. Those who relearn reading skills are amazed that they can reach reading speeds in excess of 1000 words per minute. To give you an idea of what that means in practical terms. If I were to read Animal Farm, a 128 page book with about total 39,000 words it would take me 6.5 hours at my childhood reading rate (I increased that rate slightly over time), but only 39 minutes at 1000 words per minute. Could you imagine reading 10 books in the time it could have taken you to read just one? But that’s just the beginning of the fun affects of learning to speed read.

Not only does speed increase with proper speed reading techniques, but comprehension also increases. Some people have even reported “seeing” the story unfold in their head like a movie on the screen. Amazing, isn’t it!

Reading at a quicker pace, if done properly, can improve concentration & attention span. Memory also has been seen to increase along with overall learning capacity. Those who take the uncomfortable journey of learning to read in a way different than they were taught at home or in grade school will also see a general excitement for learning.

Learning to speed read can give you many more rewards than simply completing a book in 40 minutes. It can give you a passion for learning & life that you never thought you had.

For those of you doubters out there I want to recall some of my own hesitations when I first heard some of the things that I’ve been telling you. My initial thought when I heard this was that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy reading because I’d be missing too much reading that fast. And that would be true if I were to try to read how I always had been, but not true with some simple techniques that speed readers employ with great skill. In fact, many find reading more enjoyable because they take in more.

Well, if I haven’t yet convinced you to give speed reading a try perhaps it’s not for you, but really, what have you got to lose? If you spend a couple weeks learning some basic skills you may just find that speed reading is everything I’ve said it is and more. If you’re interested, start with a simple Speed Reading Test to get an idea of your average reading rate.

Speed Reading Test #1

Do something with me. It’s a little test of reading speed. Simply take the next minute, time yourself, and read the following from T.H. Elliot’s The Once & Future King. At the close of a minute note how many words you’ve read. Don’t force yourself to read fast, just read how you normally do. Ready? Go!

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays it was Court Hand and Summulae Logicales, while the rest of the week it was the Organon, Repetition and Astrology. The governess was always getting muddled with her astrolabe, and when she got specially muddled she would take it out of the Wart by rapping his knuckles. She did not rap Kay’s knuckles, because when Kay grew older he would be Sir Kay, the master of the estate. The Wart was called the Wart because it more or less rhymed with Art, which was short for his real name. Kay had given him the nickname. Kay was not called anything but Kay, as he was too dignified to have a nickname and would have flown into a passion if anybody had tried to give him one. The governess had red hair and some mysterious wound from which she derived a lot of prestige by showing it to all the women of the castle, behind closed doors. It was believed to be where she sat down, and to have been caused by sitting on some armour at a picnic by mistake. Eventually she offered to show it to Sir Ector, who was Kay’s father, had hysterics and was sent away. They found out afterwards that she had been in a lunatic hospital for three years.

In the afternoons the programme was: Mondays and Fridays, tilting and horsemanship; Tuesdays, hawking; Wednesdays, fencing; Thursdays, archery; Saturdays, the theory of chivalry, with the proper measures to be blown on all occasions, terminology of the chase and hunting etiquette. If you did the wrong thing at the mort or the undoing, for instance, you were bent over the body of the dead beast and smacked with the flat side of a sword. This was called being bladed. It was horseplay, a sort of joke like being shaved when crossing the line. Kay was not bladed, although he often went wrong.

When they had got rid of the governess, Sir Ector said; “After all, damn it all, we can’t have the boys runnin’ about all day like hooligans–after all, damn it all? Ought to be havin’ a first-rate eddication, at their age. When I was their age I was doin’ all this Latin and stuff at five o’clock every mornin’. Happiest time of me life. Pass the port.”

Sir Grummore Grummursum, who was staying the night because he had been benighted out questin’ after a specially long run, said that when he was their age he was swished every mornin’ because he would go hawkin’ instead of learnin’. He attributed to this weakness the fact that he could never get beyond the Future Simple of Utor. It was a third of the way down the left-hand leaf, he said. He thought it was leaf ninety-seven. He passed the port. Sir Ector said, “Had a good quest today?”

Sir Grummore said, “Oh, not so bad. Rattlin’ good day, in fact. Found a chap called Sir Bruce Saunce Pit� choppin’ off a maiden’s head in Weedon Bushes, ran him to Mixbury Plantation in the Bicester, where he doubled back, and lost him in Wicken Wood. Must have been a good twenty-five miles as he ran.”

“A straight-necked ‘un,” said Sir Ector.

“But about these boys and all this Latin and that,” added the old gentleman. “Amo, amas, you know, and runnin’ about like hooligans: what would you advise?”

“Ah,” said Sir Grummore, laying his finger by his nose and winking at the bottle, “that takes adeal of thinkin’ about, if you don’t mind my sayin’ so.”

Now, if you competed the whole text in a minute or less you read with the top rage of the most experienced students and adults (which is 400-600 words per minute) according to Stanley D Frank, Ed. D in Remember Everything You Read.

If you did not complete the entire text within a minute, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Just stick around and catch my next few articles to learn how you can break unseen habits that are slowing down your reading, causing your mind to get bored, wander & retain much less than it’s capable of retaining.