[VIDEO] Note-Taking Strategies for Students


This video covers note-taking strategies for students. You’ll learn best practices for taking efficient notes. You’ll also learn how to visually take notes in order to remember information more effectively. This video also covers common note-taking mistakes to avoid. About the Author: Paul Nowak is the founder of Iris Reading, the largest provider of speed-reading courses in North America. His workshops have been taught to thousands of students and business professionals in major cities across the U.S. He has been […]

How Learning Speed Reading Can Help Job Seekers


Job Seekers: Need an edge to rise above the pile? Looking for a way to get your resume noticed? Seeking a credential that will catch a hiring manager’s eye? by learning the lifelong skill of speed reading you can gain a definitive advantage in your job hunt while also advancing your professional career. Yes, speed reading is a skill you can list on your resume! Think about it: how many people (and potential job applicants seeking the same position as […]

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Tony Robbins and the Benefits of Speed Reading


I’ve noticed that many students in my classes across the U.S. sometimes mention Tony Robbins. Some have taken his seminar, read his books or listened to his programs. Many who have taken part in his programs have had their lives rejuvenated, transformed and have made a positive impact toward their individual success. We at Iris feel strongly about self-improvement, education and share many of the same empowering attitudes, results and goals. It is well documented lore to any student of […]

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Benefits of Learning Speed Reading for a Non-Native English Speaker


I’ve been teaching speed-reading courses at Iris for a number of years now. And it seems that in every class, in every city, someone always asks me one, or a variation of one of the following questions: What if English is not my native language? Can speed reading help me with my ESL courses and tests? Will speed reading help me do well on the TOEFL exam? Can speed reading help me read faster in my native language? These questions […]

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Speed Reading Tips: 5 Ways to Minimize Subvocalization


Subvocalization (also known as auditory reassurance) is a very common habit among readers. It involves saying words in your head while reading and it’s one of the main reasons why people read slowly and have trouble improving their reading speed. Many speed-reading programs tend to exaggerate and will falsely claim that the key to speed reading is to eliminate the habit of subvocalization. However, study after study shows that eliminating this habit completely is not possible. In this article, I […]

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[VIDEO] Getting Organized: Simple Ways to Declutter Your Online Life


If you’re feeling overwhelmed by information online, this webinar will help you get organized. In this video, you’ll learn how to organize your digital life. You’ll learn strategies for organizing your reading, your tasks, your email and much more. We’ll discuss apps and tools that can help you get your digital life in order. Download the Presentation Slides here (PDF). If you like productivity hacks like this, you might be interested in our Productivity Course.

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[VIDEO] How To Create & Remember Strong Passwords


When was the last time you changed your password? We all know that our passwords should be created using lower & uppercase letters, numbers and special characters. But few of us bother to create passwords like this because they’re hard to remember. In this video, we’ll go over a simple technique to help you create strong passwords that are also easy for YOU to remember. If you like memory hacks like this, you might be interested in our Memory Improvement […]

How And When To Take Notes


Notes are an integral part of the reading process, and they naturally help one remember details that they otherwise would not be able to at a later date. While notes can be beneficial, the most common problem is taking too many of them! Some college students seemingly copy a professor’s lecture and highlight, underline, and annotate their textbooks to the point that they look like yellow phone books! One of the best ways of taking more big picture or bird’s-eye […]

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The Most Inspiring Bookstores of The World [Video]


Continuing with our series on worldly wonders on all that is reading related, we now bring you another fine addition featuring some of the most awe inspiring bookstores of the world. About the Author: Paul Nowak is the founder of Iris Reading, the largest provider of speed-reading courses in North America. His workshops have been taught to thousands of students and business professionals in major cities across the U.S. He has been a guest speaker at numerous institutions, some of […]

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Happy Pi Day!


Today we’re feeling very geometric! Around the world today, people will be celebrating March 14th as Pi Day. For those in need of a quick refresher, Pi is the distance around a circle (the circumference), divided by the distance across it (the diameter). How are you planning to celebrate Pi Day? Personally, I’m planning on eating 3.14 pieces of pie. In celebration of this mathematically significant day, here are some cool facts to ponder and resources to check out: Pi […]