The Art and Science of Learning Craft  


  Photo Reading


Paul R. Scheele, co-founder of Learning Strategies developed photo reading technique.

Photo Reading is "mentally photographing" the printed page at rates exceeding 25,000 words per minute which is about a flip per second.

Our conscious mind can handle seven pieces of information at a time, while our subconscious mind can handle a staggering 20,000 pieces of information. (this is the opinion of the proponents of photo reading, hence is an arbitrary estimation.) This is the basic principle behind this concept.

Photo Reading method consists of five steps: Prepare, Preview, Photo Read, Post view, and Activate.

The reader prepares by determining a clear purpose for reading and then enters a state of relaxed alertness, what Scheele says in the ideal state of mind for learning.

The reader takes a minute or two to preview the material, looking over a book’s table of contents and index, for example, and flipping through the book to get a general idea of the its structure and whether it will meet their purpose.

The third step begins with the reader becoming more fully relaxed and alert. The reader then softens their focus as though they’re gazing through the pages (photo read). This is said to expand their peripheral vision so the entire page is exposed to the brain as they flip pages every second or two.

Next, the reader post views or surveys the material to become even more familiar with it, finding key words and developing questions they have about the material.

Finally after taking a break from the book for up to a day, they activate it, scanning down pages and dipping into paragraphs that stand out.

To find answers to their questions. They may also create mind maps to make connections with important information and to aid later recall.

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