Busy bee… new course for local students

Over the past couple of months I have been planning new courses for the autumn. I often sit outside, notebook in hand, jotting down ideas as they come to me. There’s a large clump of comfrey nearby, which attracts lots of bees. They have been busy and so have I.   For a while I […]

An Old Acquaintance I’ll Always Remember

Today I’ll be reviewing the Mind Map time plan for the Hexham Book Festival workshop, ‘An Introduction to Speed Reading’. It is a two-hour slot and there is a lot to cover in the time. I spent some time thinking about what was absolutely essential and what I could leave out. This can be a […]

Brain-Boosting Botanicals

One of my favourite books of 2018 is ‘Botanical Brain Balms’ by Nicolette Perry and Elaine Perry. It is a well designed and well illustrated book which explores the ways that plants can have positive effects on our mental health. I like how the authors explain the science. The book includes recipes, folklore and feel-good […]

Good reading habits for children

I received an email from someone who wants her child to learn good reading habits from the start. Here is my reply. Hello, Thank you for your email about your daughter. You, like me, learned to read using the Look and Say method. We learned to recognise the shape of words, rather than sound them […]

Three top reading tips for Skylar

Sometimes I receive requests for reading tips from college students. Here’s my reply to Skylar. We both agree that it would be good to share it with you. Hello Skylar, I thought about your situation and asked myself what my top three tips for you would be. What would have the most impact and be […]

Questions from Brendan and others

Sometimes people email me with questions about speed reading. I thought I would share with some recent ones with my replies. Brendan asked about guiding technique: ‘As for the guide I don’t k… Source: Questions from Brendan and others

Questions from Brendan and others

Sometimes people email me with questions about speed reading. I thought I would share with some recent ones with my replies. Brendan asked about guiding technique: ‘As for the guide I don’t know if I am doing it right. As the guide (my finger or pen) is moving along the page should my eye “jump” […]