As you begin to practice, you will have a "beat" to follow. This beat will help you develop the fluid, smooth movement. In the beginning, use your hand to keep time with the beat. Do not lag and do not go faster than the beat. Move your eyes with your hand. Sfay with fhe beaf. The smoother your eyes move, the better you will be able to see; the better you will understand; and the more effective and faster reader you will become. As you move your hand and your eyes, learn to relax. Keep your wrist relaxed and loose. If you don't, your hand will tire. Let the middle finger, or tallest finger in your hand, be the main pointer, If you have a problem keeping up with your finger movement because you keep getting hung up on words, look at the finger, not the print. Actually, watch the fingernail. Don't even look at the print. You are learning your first step, eye movement.
If you watch your fingernail, or the print, as you move across the page, the print will become blurred, and perhaps, very blurred. This is supposed to happen. Don't be concerned. As you gain the ability to move your eyes, the words will begin to become clear. If you try to make the print clear up before you learn the movement, you will begin to strain. Relax. Let your skill development occur one step at a time. Let the print c/ear automatica/ly.
It is important that you first develop the smooth, fluid movement across the page before you go on. Spend as much time as you need on this part before you continue. If it is difficult to move your eyes, use your hand. But, as soon as you are moving well, stop using your hand and go back to the print. There is no harm in using the hand to pull your eyes along, but as your skill increases, you will be restricted if you continue to use the hand. Learn the first step, then begin the second. Continue practicing as much as is necessary to get you moving smoothly across the print. Later on in the program, you will be taught how to practice without the hand. The key to learning this first step: move
So you may begin the initial learning step, pick up your practice book, open it and prepare to make the hand and eye movement, as you are instructed. When your book is ready, continue, but do not turn off your recorder. DO IT NOW!
As you receive instructions, you will hear a "beat" sound in the background. You should move your hand across the page with each beat. Stay with the beat. Move your hand across the page with every beat, return your hand quickly and move back across the page with the next beat. Stay with the beat.
As you move your hand smoothly, keep your eyes moving with the middle finger. Don't let your eyes drag behind your hand. DON'T TRY TO READ. The more smoothly your eyes move, the better you will see and the faster you will read. Stay with the beat.
Relax and keep your hand free and loose. Very lightly touch the page. At the end of every line, lift the hand very lightly off the page and return it to the left side of the page, down a line. Stay with the beat. One line per beat. If the print is blurred at this speed, don't try to clear it up, just move smoothly. The print will clear up by itself.
If you have trouble moving your eyes smoothly, look at your fingernail. Watch your fingernail as it moves across the page. Follow your fingernail for a few lines until you can move across the print looking at the print and not your fingernail. Stay with the fingernail as long as you need to. Practice back and forth until your eyes move smoothly with and without your hand. Stay with the beat.
It is imperative that you move steadily and smoothly over the print. Use your hand in all your practices, as well as in your normal reading, until you move naturally and fluidly over the print. You are moving your eyes at 60 beats per minute, which is 540 wpm, if the lines you are reading average 9 words per line.
Stop the recorder now and practice following your hand without a beat. Create your own regular rhythm. Use your practice book. Practice for a few minutes, until the movement begins to feel easy, then return to this point. DO IT NOW!
The Metronome Practice Tape is your "beat maker." The metronome will keep you pressing. You will always be able to go a little faster. You stay with the beat, even if it seems impossible to do so. You are extending your limits each time you push yourself this way. The tape has beats at various rates. It begins at 40 beats per minute and goes up to 160 beats per minute. The beat is the speed at which you must cover each line. If your book has an average of 9 words per line, that is a rate of 360 to 1440 words per minute.
In this exercise, you will begin to develop your smooth eye movement and begin to speed up that eye movement. Move your hand under the line with each beat of the metronome, one line per beat. This first exercise is critical to your whole reading and learning experience.
Follow directions. If you do, you will very quickly see that each skill step is relatively easy to learn. In a short period of time, you will see your reading speed increasing. As you practice, the print will clear up and your understanding level will begin to grow. After only a few weeks, your reading speed will begin to increase dramatically.
When you begin to practice with the Metronome Practice Tape, moving with the slower beats, you may be able to see the print and still move smoothly. That is okay. As the beat speeds up, don't YOU slow down in order to see the print. Always stay with the beat.
At the beginning and the end of the Metronome Practice Tape, there are 30-second time periods that are used to check your comprehension. After the first 30-second interval, the Metronome Tape begins at 40 beats per minute and increases the beat in steps of 20 beats per minute until it reaches 160 beats per minute.
As you begin to practice, at every beat change, go back to the point you began reading when you began this practice. Read the same material over. Reading the more familiar material helps your subconscious mind accept the sight of the word as the key to recognition more easily. You are trying to get your mind to recognize by sight rather than by sound.
Pick up your practice book. Begin to practice with the beat of the metronome. Continue listening and moving as you are instructed. DO IT NOW!
You are starting at 40 beats, per minute. Move line by line, staying with the beat. You may be able to read most of the words as you move smoothly over the lines at this speed. That is good. This beat is taking you faster than you probably read normally. Don't stop your smooth movement. Follow your hand if you need to, but move smoothly. Let your eyes flow fluently as you keep moving with the beat. Use the entire beat to go over each line, then return to the next line at the beat. Stay in rhythm with the beat.
Co back to your starting point. This beat is twice as fast, 80 beats per minute. Keep your hand and eyes moving smoothly. Don't jerk. Don't try to see or understand the words if you can't naturally see and understand them at this speed. just move smoothly. Let your eyes flow with the print. Don't lag. Smooth.
Co back to your starting point. Now you are moving at 120 beats per minute. Stay relaxed. Keep your hand and wrist loose and free, lightly touching the page. Move smoothly with the beat. Don't lag. Keep your eyes moving, don't hesitate. Cover each full line with each beat. Push yourself. Smooth. While getting used to the faster beat, it may be more difficult for you to move your eyes across the full line. If this is happening to you, shorten your hand movement. You can shorten your movement because as you learn this movement skill, your eyes will adjust and you will see the whole line even though you don't move all the way across. Stay with the beat, don't lag. At first, it is very important that you move your hand and eyes as much as you can. You are giving your subconscious instructions. Don't lag. Let your mind adjust to your needs. Don't just look at the center of the page as you move down. Stay with the beat. Teach your eyes to move.
As we begin to slow down the beat, your eyes will move much more effortlessly than they did when you sped up the beat. Stay smooth, regardless of the beat.
Go back to your starting point again. This beat is back to 80 beats per minute. Stay with the beat. On the way up, this was much more difficult for you. Stay smooth. See how much easier this is already. At this rate, you are reading at 720 words per minute, if there are 9 words per line in your practice book. Stay with the beat, smoothly.
Once again, go back to your starting point. This is back to the speed at which you started the practice, 40 beats per minute. This is almost too slow for you, isn't it? This is the speed at which a good reader will read, 360 wpm (if there are an average of 9 words per line in your book). Stay with the beat, even if you feel you are going too slow. Later you will learn how to use the slower beat to increase your reading rate. When the beat stops, you must evaluate your available practice time right now. You should have at least 15 minutes for this important practice session. If you don't have 15 minutes right now, come back to this point when you do. Stay with the beat. Return to this point as soon as you have an undisturbed 15 minutes. It is very important that you do this practice as soon as possible. DO IT NOW!
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