How Speed Reading Works

By Dr. Jay Polmar


Hand movements can cause you to accelerate your reading speed. We'll shortly teach you hand movements that will accelerate your reading ability. Try each one and see which suits you best.

It's simple. Just replace all your bad reading habits with one easily learned one: You'll use your pacing hand. It breaks each of these habits automatically while it increases your reading speed.

The basic pacing movement utilizes the index finger of your dominant hand, i.e. right handed use right hand, to scan a line by running your finger under the type you are reading. Turn the page with the unused, non-dominant hand. Never move your head when reading, keep it still.

The method is easy. You'll replace all your bad habits with one easily learned one: You'll use your pacing hand. Here's how to break each of these habits automatically while increasing your reading speed.

You'll read without sub-vocalizing. You already know the basics: Pace your eyes so swiftly over a line that you don't have time to form the sounds of the words or syllables in your throat.

To understand this concept, you must understand that you've got this nemesis, an inner voice who is reading to you in silent speech and then it goes into your brain. We did experiments in Hawaii, Texas, New Mexico, Florida, and elsewhere. It appears that those with the slowest speaking rates have naturally slow reading rates. With this method, your rate of speech won't limit your reading speed. You can read as fast as you can think. What I am saying is you can read as fast as your mind can work.

Extend your index finger, close all others. Use you index finger as a beginner Speed reading student and run it under the line of type you are reading..

Extend your index finger, close all others.

You'll be reading twice as fast as you ever have. You'll retain valuable information and increase your comprehension and improve your grades.

Dr. Jay Polmar, founder of, a research organization that's developed speed reading courses for people worldwide has taught over 100,000 students throughout the world in 5 different languages. - 30694

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How To Prepare For Pregnancy

By Pam Moore

Most woman are blessed with the capacity to bear a child at least once in her life. It is considered to be one of the greatest gifts that a woman can receive. Having a child also makes the couple draw closer together, and at this certain point in their lives they can actually start calling themselves a family. After learning that the woman is pregnant, most couples enthusiastically start planning for her pregnancy and eventual childbirth right away.

When talking about pregnancy, it is very important to know about preconception issues regarding on giving birth. A check up with the physician or midwife would be highly advisable for the woman in order to prepare for childbirth. Physical preparation is also needed for giving birth, since this could change the normal function of the woman's body. A caregiver would be helpful in preparing the woman's body in conceiving, and also impart information concerning potential problems in pregnancy. Anxiety is commonly felt at this point, since the woman would really have to follow certain precautions in order to conceive a healthy baby. By seeking advice regarding on preconception, safety, lifestyle changes, prenatal vitamins, and the importance of folic acid, the woman could really prepare herself for giving birth.

In preparing for pregnancy, a change in the woman's lifestyle is not to be taken lightly. Smoking cigarettes is a definite no-no, and the consumption of alcohol must be stopped. These addictions can affect the health of both the woman and her unborn baby in a negative way. A woman might need to lose or gain weight, according to her present weight relative to her height and build. Being too fat or too thin might bring complications for both the woman and the baby. A good start in preparing for childbirth would be to establish a fitness regime for the duration of the pregnancy. Asking your physician about nutrition and working out would be recommended for possible questions regarding exercise and food intake.

Becoming more educated about the woman's body while on the early stages of giving birth is essential for proper knowledge of the situation. Various parts of a woman's body have specific roles when it comes to pregnancy. Certain disorders from both prospective parents should be discussed with the physician for additional health background information. Anxiety is also felt by the couple since this is a very critical stage for the woman. Preconception stress is completely normal in women about to have a child, considering factors such as scheduling, sexuality, and self esteem, among many others.

When preparing for childbirth, the couple should be confident enough to know how to handle a child. Knowledge of early pregnancy symptoms are also important since these are signs that giving birth would happen in due time. When the couple feels that they are ready, then a visit to the Obstetrician/Gynecologist would help in gleaning more information on pregnancy. At this point, the couple can make use of a pregnancy calendar in order to follow the due course of giving birth. Anxiety is often felt by women when they know that they are pregnant. Feelings of worry and tension are usual signs that shows her being anxious about being pregnant. But by spending time with your husband, finding time to relax and unwind, with good exercise, anxiety should not be much of a problem. All you have to worry about now is what are we going name our baby? - 30694

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How to Teach Your Newborn the Difference between Day and Night

By Lucy Fitzgerald

Use the six easy steps below to teach your baby the difference between day and night from the day he comes home so you can start to get longer stretches of sleep at night as soon as possible!

1 - In the day, keep the house light and bright. Take your baby out for walks in the fresh air. Even if he's sleeping, he will be stimulated by the light and feel of the air against his skin.

2 - As a newborn, your baby will only be awake for 20 minutes at a time. Cuddle him while he's awake, talk and sing and hold him close. He will be stimulated by your touch alone.

3 - Your baby will need a feed at night for a few months. Keep the night feeds low key by using a nightlight, talking softly if you need to and only changing his nappy if absolutely necessary. Put him straight back to bed after he has been fed and before long he will start to understand that night time is for sleeping.

4 - Prepare your baby for nap and bed times by completing a short routine before each sleep. Although they won't mean much to your baby at first, he will soon learn what is about to happen next and this will help him to transition from awake to asleep as he gets older.

The night time routine could involve a bath, sleepsuit, feed and bed. At nap time a shortened version of this, such as a quick face wash, nappy change and milk feed will be enough.

5 - Help your baby learn to self soothe by introducing sleep props that don't need your presence. A baby sleep CD that plays a steady heartbeat, white noise or the rhythm of the sea are all effective in helping to lull him to sleep and to transition between sleep cycles.

A baby comforter that you can take everywhere with you and bring out at sleep time is also a fantastic sleep cue. Hold it close to you before and after your baby is born so that it smells of you. Try one that you can attach to the cot so it's close to your baby in the early months, but safely out of the way.

Later, you can detach it and give to him for cuddles. And when you feel it is safe, you can leave it with him at sleep times too. Baby comforters have been proven to help babies sleep through the night from an early age.

Baby sleeping bags are useful as part of the bedtime routine and will also stop your baby waking with the cold at night.

6 - Give your baby a safe place to sleep. A first your baby will fall asleep whenever he's tired, no matter where he is. But soon he will need a place to nap and sleep at night that is consistent and helps him to get the rest he needs.

Decide on where you want your baby to sleep at night and give him every opportunity to nap there so that it becomes familiar to him. This will be a gradual process over many weeks. You're aiming to have a place for your baby to sleep where he feels safe and consistency will help with this.

It's easier to start by establishing good sleeping habits than it is to put things right later on. - 30694

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Four Types Of Troubled Teen Schools To Select From

By Elizabeth McKaken

Is it time to consider a troubled teen a school for your child?

Handling a defiant teenager is nothing short of impossible, especially if their defiant attitude has not been curbed in the budding stages itself. Not only at home, such teenagers also prove to be problematic in school by displaying their resilient attitude to their teachers and their peers. At times, they might even prove to be a negative influence on the other students in class.

At this point, parents are left with no choice but to opt for troubled teen schools. Schools like this are well equipped with resources, facilities and staff to handle difficult behavior of the students. Troubled teen schools have special strategies and approaches to ensure that students not only excel in their studies but also undergo transformation in their behavior to make them responsible people in society.

Faced with a situation of sending their children to troubled teen schools, let us see the options that lie open for parents to select from.

Military Schools

As implied by the name, residential military schools for troubled teens take a very strict approach to helping them reform their behavior and become a productive citizen in society. Rather than counseling or therapy, these schools resort to various types of value based activities to help defiant teens overcome their unruly behavior. While children improve in their behavior and also academics, many parents hesitate opting for this school because of the very strict approach.

Religious Boarding Schools:

Parents who consider spiritualism to hold the key to reforming their child can opt for religious schools. These boarding schools use Biblical studies and approaches to enhance the behavior of the child and make him a good citizen in society tomorrow. This approach ensures that the values imparted to the child stay on for longer and he is able to relate them to the chapters in the Bible.

Therapeutic troubled teen schools

Most parents prefer the therapeutic school as compared to the other troubled teen schools because of the approach adopted by these schools. While you will be paying a slightly higher amount as compared to the other schools, it is worth every penny since it comes with the assurance of transforming your child. Individual and group therapy session in conjunction with counseling and interaction with other children going through the same phase help your child show positive development.

Specialty schools

When you compare this type of school to the other three types, you will notice that these schools have a high rate of success. The approach adopted by these troubled teen schools couples counseling and therapy sessions with privileges and rewards that motivate the young minds to show faster transformation. - 30694

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Benefits of an Overnight Camp

By Jeff Lorenz

If you went to Overnight Summer Camp as a child you can always tell a favorite story you can still remember in exact detail, down to the smell of that pine forest. Memories of summer camp are lifelong reminders of lessons with a lifetime's worth of value with friends you haven't forgotten.

Children's camp can provide a child with opportunities for never ending daily fun the way few other places can. Pure, nonstop fun would be reason enough for anyone to want to be at a sleep away camp, but resident camp offers even more to a child's unfolding life, and the best camps offer a wealth of benefits..

Healthy physical exercise is a natural part of everyday life for a camper. Camp activities and interaction with nature provide exercise for the camper's intellect and imagination as well.

Summer camp offers a wonderful chance for kids to learn the skills of social interaction in a more creative and independent way than school settings allow. Guided by capable adult friends and role models called counselors, campers get an independent chance to apply what they have been taught at home in a larger world. If a summer camp is a coed camp, there is even more opportunity for kids to learn how to relate with members of the other gender as friends and equals.

Campers grow into themselves, setting newer and higher standards for their own behavior. The kids camp daily context is activities that encourage perseverance, listening skills, teamwork, and the ability to recognize similarities and appreciate differences in each individual. Self discovery becomes a lifelong habit.

Jeff and Lonnie Lorenz, directors of Wisconsin's Swift Nature Camp for almost fifteen years, believe summer camp is a unique opportunity for dimensional childcare at the best value. The camp experience will add to ordinary child care the making of memories, the opportunity to come to a new place and try new things, the chance to gain skills and independence, and the time to make new and lifelong friends. Children that are Homeschooled really benefit from the experiences of a Homeschool Summer Camp - 30694

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Information About Infertility Stress

By Adrian Logan

The most stressful situations that any couple must deal with is infertility. Even treatments for it can contribute to the stress that the couple goes through. In addition, their infertility can further worsen just by realizing that they themselves are stressed.

But what causes it? What are some of the factors behind infertility stress?

Firstly, it can stem from being initially diagnosed as being infertile in the first place. Many couples try having intercourse for some months or at least a year (of course, unsuccessfully) before they get frustrated and seek the advice of a fertility specialist. And when said specialist diagnoses either partner - or both in some cases - as being infertile, one or both could very well end up feeling depressed and inadequate.

Secondly, further stress can be added to the couple who has decided to undergo infertility treatments. Such treatments can prove exceedingly and prohibitively expensive depending on the treatments required.

And the act of going in and out of doctors' waiting rooms and hospitals, among other places, waiting with bated breath for results, and so on and so forth can also increase a lot of stress to the couple.

Thirdly, the stress can come from the lovemaking itself. Many couples cannot accept the fact that they are unable to have children normally.This can make things very hard for them. As they are unable to consummate the sexual act, they may have to make recourse to more medical assistance.

Also having sex might become unenjoyable. It is no longer about enjoying each other and having a pleasure time. It can become a chore for the couple as they would have to be doing it according to a schedule with the pressure of producing children.

In addition, having to undergo fertility treatments may be even more demeaning for men, who may very well feel emasculated and feel that they are responsible if they are unable to produce babies with their wives. Plus it may prove extremely embarrassing to have to produce semen in doctors' offices, for instance - or to have other people aside from their wives learn that they have low sperm count or, worse, erectile problems.

It is extremely important to consider how the couple responds to such stress in the first place. Some can simply take it in stride and be positive even in the face of potential failure; others can be negative right at the outset even if the future for them might not be so bleak, and immediately contemplate having to adopt children while agonizing over how unfair things seem to be, and so on and so forth. This can result in a drastic lowering of self-esteem for couples and individuals.

Many couples end up going through extreme strain due to infertility. Some couples buckle under this strain, and many of them end up breaking up. Others, though, end up learning from this experience and end up stronger couples. - 30694

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Effective Communication Tips For Kids

By Edie Mindell

Disciplining your cute little preschooler is a tough job to do. It is really hard to get mad at somebody who still has a hard time tying his shoelace. While it is easy to accept things as they are, allowing your child to continue with his mischievous ways without consequence can be harmful. Below are a few helpful ideas to aid you in disciplining your little one.

1. Sometimes, even when you have repeatedly called his attention, he would refuse to budge from whatever he is currently doing. Once your child gets used to disregarding your warnings and reminders, it sends a clear message that she can "always let mommy's warnings pass". This often leads to defiance in the long run.n.

Parents should not raise their voices; instead gently tap the child to call his attention. If you need the child for an urgent matter, say he has to take his bath, prompt him to action by something like, "Okay, I'll give you five more minutes to finish what you're doing, and then we will take a bath". Make sure that you establish eye contact for your child to know that you are serious and you his response.

2. Whining and talking back

Kids can have "attitude" too, and they would often let out a mouthful before they are even aware of what they are doing and saying. They can sometimes just tune out, whine, or keep talking back. Often, kids talk in the same manner they hear other people talk, and the greatest influence are usually the parents and the immediate family.

If you want to correct your child's misbehavior, you would have to change your own "misbehavior" first. Tell your child that whining and talking back is disagreeable and improper, and you will not continue talking or listening to him if he will not speak to you nicely.

3. Butting in

Some children are naturally talkative. Oftentimes, they are just so excited to share their thoughts that they insist on getting their parent's attention right away......even when the parent is in the middle of a conversation with another adult.

Patiently explain to your child why he has to wait for the adults to finish their conversation before you can talk to him. Be firm and tell him that he won't get what he's asking for if he keeps butting in and interrupting you.

4. Sibling rivalry

A simple activity like watching cartoons or playing together may end up in a throw-down when siblings start to argue and eventually fight. Before the arguments deepen, you as a parent should interfere and have them sit with you while you listen to them explaining what the fight is all about.

After listening to them, explain to them the proper way of dealing with these situations. Communication is the key. By having a child stop and try to express what she is feeling, you are helping him learn a different way of coping with the situation and dealing with his anger. - 30694

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