Most of us feel like we are pretty good at using our brains; I mean, we’ve been doing it our whole lives, right? But are you really getting the most out of your mind when it comes to memory, study, and creativity?
There are loads of little tweaks and changes you can make to your current routines that will give big brain benefits. Which of these are you not currently using to their full effect?
Did you ever try to iron a shirt with a cold iron? Could you get that shirt ironed without the heat? Sure, but it would take for-freakin-ever! Ironing a nice fold into a shirt is oh-so-much faster when you’ve got HEAT.
Don’t you hate it when you’re talking to someone on the phone and you can tell they aren’t really listening? The pauses between your questions and their answers get longer and . . . longer. They ask questions that you’ve already answered. You know they aren’t paying attention.
If you’re like me, the claims of speed reading courses rank right up there with magic beans and political promises. Too bad. Speed reading won’t enable you to read the RandomHouse unabridged dictionary in ten minutes with perfect comprehension. However, it can easily help you read three or four times faster while keeping pretty good comprehension.
You’ll notice I’m not selling a speed reading course. No ulterior motives here. I’ve just seen what a little training and practice can do. My reading speed about five years ago was around 150 words per minute. Now it’s closer to 500. That means what used to take me three hours to read I can now read in less than an hour!
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God bless book stores. For the low low price of zero dollars an SAT/GRE junkie like me can go take a look at purty much every test prep book out there. I go through the various books on a semi-yearly basis to see if there is any new test fu I can bring to my students.
There usually isn’t. All the test prep books use very similar tactics and techniques but rename them and package them to sound different from the competition. This is pretty much what you would expect, isn’t it? After all, there are big bucks to be made, and I’m not the only one with access to a book store.
I’ve mentioned before how important it is to see your vocabulary words used in context. Google book search is a great resource for that kind of thing. You can type in your vocabulary word and it will allow you to see the word as it’s used in thousands of different books. Take a look …
First–full-disclosure–I teach a GRE prep course and an SAT prep course for Texas A&M University.
Expensive courses can be worth it if you actually get the increases they claim. They could easily make you ten times as much as they cost, in the form of scholarships, fellowships, or better jobs!
What little independent research there is on the effectiveness of such courses shows little or no increase in score for those who buy the prep books (although buying the books is not the same as reading the books). Those who take prep classes show some improvement, and the greatest increases are among those who get personal tutoring. This research was specifically on the SAT, but the two tests are very similar. On the other hand, GRE students tend to be more self-motivated students than SAT students, so they might get better results from the books.