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 [...]

Iris Celebrates National Reading Month


Book lovers rejoice! It’s national reading month! To celebrate the month, here are some reading-related resources that you may find helpful during the month of March: Reading Challenge: Can You Read a Book a Day for 30 Days? Video: Speed Reading 101 Article: 7 Steps To Maximize Comprehension Free Speed Reading Tool: AccelaReader Video: The Most Stunning Libraries in the World Video: The Most Inspiring Bookstores in the World What are you planning to read this month? (add your comments below) [...]

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The Most Stunning Libraries in The World [Video]


About a year ago, I posted an image showcase of some of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Today I bring you the video equivalent.   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 which include Harvard, Stanford [...]

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Utilize Music To Enhance Comprehension


We have all heard the almost universally accepted myth that listening to Mozart makes one “smarter”. That with the mere swells of listening to his majestic symphony, neurons would be rewired in our brains, synapses firing in ways they have never before, and our minds suddenly being capable of performing intellectual feats we never imagined possible. Alas, this is not completely true. However, music can, when used selectively, help a reader mildly enhance focus, concentration, and comprehension. If hearing classical [...]

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The “Read and Recall” Exercise


This simple exercise is a great drill to use in conjunction with your speed drills for a thorough and comprehensive practice regimen because it directly trains your ability to recall. Like all skills, concerted effort, repetition, and practice will help you in honing your comprehension and recall abilities. For this exercise, read a paragraph, and immediately jot down some brief notes, few key words, or main ideas of what you just read. Then proceed to read the next paragraph, and [...]

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Mind Mapping Helps You Remember


Mind mapping is a great way to help you remember ideas, concepts, details, and their relation to each other in a quick, easy way. Use this method in addition to your regular note taking system as a kind of big picture “bird’s eye” view of the main concepts of an article, chapter, or segment of reading material. Mind maps help you sort out information visually. They are essentially thought bubbles linked together in relation to each other which create self-organized, [...]

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I’m Done Reading, Now What?


You have just spent the last hour reading. Now what? Well, hopefully you utilized one of the many techniques illustrated within past tips to have aided you in maximizing your time, reading speed, comprehension, note taking, and recall. If not, then it is highly recommend that you do. After all the reading material is completed, it is important to take a small break, stand up and walk around briefly, obtain a drink of water perhaps, and let your mind process [...]

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How To Memorize New Vocabulary – Utilizing the Substitution Technique


Memorizing vocabulary can sometimes be a tricky and slightly difficult proposition, and it seems everyone has different techniques that they use to assist them with this at times. One technique that works well is the substitution technique. This technique breaks up complex or difficult words into more easily memorable parts and substitutes the difficult parts with words or associations that trigger the definition. Let’s start with a relatively easy example: claustrophobia – the fear of tight spaces. Let’s take parts [...]

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