- Press START TEST. Read the text at your own pace.
- In the end press STOP TEST. Your reading speed is displyed on the screen.
- Press OK and complete immediately the questionnaire for conclusive results.
- Press SHOW MEMORY RESULT, check the correct answers and SEND QUESTIONNAIRE.
Delighted by the results the first group of students brought him, the psychologist felt how the Speed Reading tool he created, generates more and more potential. He now saw in Speed Reading, what he didn’t observe before starting the courses. He saw the true potential for children, students, professionals. He saw the defects he didn’t encounter until then. He saw how Speed Reading creates strong interactions between people and even helps those with difficulties in reading.
- What’s next? – Andrew asked him an afternoon, after a discussion session.
- I am glad you asked this. I was about to invite you to a Speed Reading competition!
- Very interesting! – Andrew exclaimed, visibly being happy about this idea. – Do you have the details already, or is it just an idea?
- It’s set, Andrew. It will be held in two months. I am thinking about a certain period after the Speed Reading course ends, to organise a competition! I am also delighted by this project and I am happy because the University is also involved in it.
- So in the end they will support you financially?
- Yes, that’s what they said. But trust me, I wish that no one has to go through the interrogation I had to go through to obtain their permission. No one!
- I can’t believe that it was so horrible…
- I would exaggerate if I said horrible, but it was quite difficult! I had to explain to them what Speed Reading means, what focalisation speed means, how the eye muscles are capable of focalising with a speed of 30 milliseconds and how a normal person has a focalisation speed of 250-300 milliseconds. I told them about the trainings, about the way they look like. I gave them your example, the situations you’ve been through and all that I’ve learned from your experiences or together with you.
- I imagine it took some time to tell them all these!
- I was with them from the morning until late at night. I showed them what Speed Reading means. I did tests with some of the professors and to some I showed how the cursor works. After I told them that every man reads word by word, intermittently, I showed them what the cursor with word groups means. Then I went on with them through high reading speeds, up to 2000 words per minute. I explained to them that when we learn to read, we use our vocal chords, because we learn to read aloud. Even if we learn it this way, at a certain moment we give up on reading aloud, but as you already know, the vocal chords still work…
- Yes, I know this, you told us countless times – Andrew replied with a smile on his face.
- But they didn’t know, so I had to tell them. I also showed them the results of working with you and even your evolutions. They were quite amazed by the progress some of you had…
- So this means that from now on they will support you?
- Honestly, I really hope so! Anyhow, they asked me to do my PhD degree in this subject with them…
- Congratulations! I guess you didn’t say no! – Andrew got up showing genuine happiness, approaching the psychologist to shake his hands.
- Thank you, thank you! – the psychologist felt somehow embarrassed, but he enjoyed Andrew’s reaction.
- Yes, I accepted to go on at a scientific level, in hope of offering society a tool which can help their personal development form even their first years of life!
The psychologist remained thoughtful for a few seconds, staring at an empty corner of the room. He could see himself teaching in front of full class of students, from which the majority started learning Speed Reading from their first years of school. The subject became mandatory in the majority of schools, being taught under the form of daily trainings. His imagination took him to that classroom in which the students could read at speeds above 2000 words per minute, having at the same time a fascinating memory capacity.
- What are you dreaming about? – Andrew interrupted his thoughts. – I lost you for a moment.
- Sorry, I got carried away and I already saw myself in front of a class full of students who learned Speed Reading from a young age.
- I wouldn’t be bad at all! You know, dreaming is good from time to time…
- I know, but sometimes we can’t allow ourselves too many dreams. Sadly!
- But let’s get back to the competition – Andrew interrupted the discussion that was leading to a too personal downstream.
- Yes, the competition. It will take place in two months, as I said. I want to invite everyone who participated in this course, and more, I want to invite anybody who would like to participate, even if they had no trainings.
- And how did you plan the competition? Because you know from the beginning that everyone reads in a certain rhythm and speed.
- Yes, I will make different groups based on speed. There will be a group between 400-500 words per minute, a group between 500-600 words per minute, a group between 600-700 words per minute and a group above 700 words per minute. Each group will compete in the first session only within the certain group.
- Good, but how will the competition effectively look like? You will give out a text to be read?
- No, first of all there will be a test to see in which group everyone belongs to. Then, they will have the opportunity to have a week of trainings. Each one of them, depending on their level of motivation, they can train for the intermediary stage. After a week, there will be another test, where the ranking in each group will be decided. The first two of each group will go on.
- Okay, but this means that you will have to give a prise to each group.
- No, there will be only one prize! This is the interesting part – the psychologist said, with a smile on his face. – After the winner of each group is stabilised, there will be another week of trainings. Finally, there will be a test where the winner will be the one who evolved the most compared to the first test.
- Interesting! It sounds very good and what is most important is that there is no discrimination. You can count on me! I will do everything possible to win the competition! – said Andrew, laughing, while getting up and approaching the door. – See you at the competition then!
The psychologist stood thoughtfully for a few minutes behind the door after Andrew’s leaving, asking himself if everyone is as receptive as him. He shook his head, trying to get rid of these thoughts, after which he went back to his daily routines.