How To Improve Lecture Comprehension


There is a very quick and easy way to greatly improve lecture comprehension, focus, and attention span. The best way to understand this approach is to first picture an ideal lecture setting. Then we will describe how to achieve this result.

This approach can be applied to all middle school, high school, college, and graduate school courses. Any book, or paper, or Internet article can be quickly turned into this type of lecture. Also, any existing lecture can be redone in this format.

Visualize a new type of interactive lecture where students are able to read the sentences of the lecture just ahead of the sound. You can have the speaker go just as fast or slow as you want. The lecturer automatically  pauses for as long as you want after every sentence, for you to think about each thought for as long as you want. You are in charge of when to continue. You can also have the lecturer repeat each sentence as often as you want. As the lecture proceeds, you also automatically pause on and identify every change in direction (all titles and sub-titles). You can also pause and look up words for their definition anytime you want. In addition, you can replay the lecture automatically, if you want, at increased speed if you wish, pausing just when you wish, or jumping over sections you already know well.

With this approach there is no missed or lost learning from daydreaming or falling asleep from “boring” presentation by the lecturer, as the lecture automatically stops as soon as you drift off. You can proceed just as fast as your mind can process the text.

This approach is actually a new and different way to read, and for readers at all levels.

As you practice with this type of lecture, your ability to think in terms of thought intervals quickly improves, as does your reading speed, writing, speaking, memory, and your desire to share and participate with what you have learned. Miraculously, reading anxiety, reading frustration, and reading avoidance disappear instantly. Your grades improve, as does your joy of learning. You can use this approach to read any article or text on the Internet. You choose to become a lifelong learner. Skills you learn by reading this way are transferrable to regular reading.

All kinds of visuals and graphics are available and presented on a separate file (or in the original book) for you to look at, as desired, as you read on the screen and listen to the main text.

Best of all, this type of lecture can be done on any existing iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac laptop, or Mac Desktop. Almost everybody already owns, or has access to one or more of these items. Furthermore, no new software is necessary to purchase. You will, however, need to use a keyboard.

If you use earphones and a portable iOS devise or a Mac laptop, you can greatly increase your learning time by reading as a passenger on busses, trains and cars, or when standing in line, or when waiting in crowded rooms, or when sitting outside in the fresh air, or when working out at the gym on a treadmill. You can do this online or offline.

The keys to this approach are the following:

  1. 1.Enlarged font.

  2. 2.Repaginated text in which the beginning of each new paragraph is indented, and separated from preceding text by a blank line.

  3. 3.There is also a blank line between the sentences in the paragraph. A blank line after semi-colons is recommended as well.

  4. 4.Computer voice accompanies the text. The sound instantly corrects any reading mistakes and eliminates reading anxiety.

  5. 5.This voice can be adjusted for speed. The adjustable speech rate also acts as a pacer to promote reading improvement.

  6. 6.The student reads ahead of the sound, pausing at the punctuation marks for the sound to catch up.

  7. 7.The sound stops automatically at the end of each sentence for as long as the student wants.

  8. 8.The student can repeat the sentence as often as desired.

  9. 9.The student takes a free online course to correct the 18 Bad Reading Habits.

  10. 10. The student can read up to 550 words per minute this way, or as slowly as desired.

The name of this approach is Proportional Reading.

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