Speed Reading



Ever wished that you can get through a book or document in the shortest time possible? Or just wanting to find some supporting paragraphs within a 500-page book?

At Shichida, our oldest group of children (currently in Grade 2/3 at school) is in the midst of working towards that in their Shichida Primary School Program.  Throughout the program , from 6 months, children are encouraged to trust their instinct and use their subconscious mind.  From the 4 year old program, children are introduced to speed listening and viewing.  At that point, they will develop auditory memory and get ready for speed reading by listening to high-speed recording.  Following that, from the second year of the Primary School Program (where the children are 7-8 years old), they will be introduced to wave speed reading – where they develop speed reading skill and improve further their concentration and memory.

brainYou have probably heard references to different hemispheres of your brain and how the right brain and left brain serves different functions.  The left controls things like logic, written and spoken languages, scientific ability and number skills.  The right controls things like imagination, photographic memory, artistic ability and visualisation.  Those who can read fast with comprehension are those who have learned how to engage both sides of their brain.

Dr Win Wenger has a Ph.D. in Education and the world authority on studies of intellectual power and motivational field.  The following was quoted in his book ‘The Einstein Factor’ about Makoto Shichida:

“Japanese accelerative learning pioneer Dr. Makoto Shichida used a tactic similar to Caesar’s, to outmaneuver learning blocks. He discovered that a speedy input of data can short-circuit the slow the left brain. The left brain processes only one word or phrase at a time. But you can learn a foreign language, read a book, or absorb higher math at hundreds of times than rate. The tricks, Shichida discovered, is to feed the data into your brain too fast you conscious mind to follow it.”

Some Shichida Speed Reading examples

In the early stages of the Shichida wave-reading training, children are encouraged to work just on their instinct and subconscious mind to take in information.

The following steps were taken in the speed reading class.all 3

Step 1: The children are blindfolded using an eye-mask

Step 2: The children are handed a book and are instructed to flip through the book a few times.

Step 3: The books are then taken away from them and the children are subsequently asked to remove the eye-mask.  Finally, the children are asked to write what images/words came to their mind as they flipped through the book.  Note that the children were not able to see what the book was about. 

Please find below some amazing snippets of what the children produced:

“Dream, Andrew, an, I, why, cloud, high, sky.  A boy having a dream about sheeps.”

“A black lamb getting rescued or is on a farm.”

The above was the first step for the children to get about the book using their instinct.  As Dr Wegner mentioned in his best-selling book, The Einstein Factor, the subconscious part of the brain outweighs our conscious part by a factor of ten billion to one.

The ultimate goal is of course, to be able to gather more information and content by flipping the book with your eyes opened.  We can’t wait to see what these amazing children can do then! Stay tuned!

What are the benefits of doing wave speed reading?

  • Once you have mastered wave speed reading, other abilities such as memory and language learning ability will be improved.
  • When you develop your instinct, you will be able to produce various ideas because your inspiration and creativity will develop as well.
  • And with high quality memory, you can process a lot of information at one time and retain it for a long period of time.  Hence, your learning efficiency will be improved.
  • Therefore, the benefit of doing wave speed reading is to draw out other abilities in a chain reaction.

historyThe history of wave speed reading

Makoto-ShichidaMakoto Shichida, the late founder of the Shichida Method of Education, was the one who provided and propounded the idea.  Professor Shichida developed his teaching programs, including “wave speed reading.”  The entire curriculum is very purposeful and well-designed to bring out this ability in children.  Each step and consistency throughout is important to bring about such an outcome.  (Please note: To-date, many numerous other forms of such training have come about and many of whom will not acknowledge Makoto Shichida’s credit.  Unfortunately too, a few were ex-Shichida franchisees who have gone their own way to interpret how it is to be done.)

The world’s volume and velocity of information is increasing at an alarming rate. In fact, it is believed that one week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than people 100 years ago encountered in their entire lives.  If there is a way where we can make it easier for our children’s generation, why wouldn’t we? Why wouldn’t you?