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    Speed reading

    Tuesday, 14 May, 2019 - 09:30 to Tuesday, 21 May, 2019 - 16:30
    Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
    Building D
    room D1.07

    The modern knowledge worker has to read more and more in our information society. Without proper training, our average/habitual reading speed of 250 words per minute would require more than 6 hours per day to remain up to date. New insights in how the brain processes information, allow us to change our reading habits on a daily basis. The key in Speedreading is to adapt the reading speed to the nature of the text and the goal of the reader. While scientific details justify slower speeds, contextual reading can be accelerated significantly.


    All PhD students


    Brain-friendly speed-reading method, allowing the reader to improve reading speed, comprehension and recall by at least factor 3 by the end of the Workshop. Further improvement is possible if the participant consciously and continuously applies the new skills in future reading. The new skills (3 for the Eyes and 3 for the Brain) have an impact on all stages of reading: input (speed) – short term memory (comprehension) and long term memory (recall).


    The Speed Reading method is based on experiential techniques, derived from insights in how the brain processes information. The method is originally based on the work of Tony Buzan (Radiant Thinking™, Mind Mapping™ and Speed Reading), and on the practical experience of the trainer.


    Ir Bernard Lernout


    The workshop consists of two half day modules, separated by at least one week of own practice. Each module consists of 4 sessions of 45 to 50 minutes, separated by relaxation breaks. The new skills are immediately validated using reading samples – with measurement of speed and comprehension. Reading samples from various scientific disciplines (in English) for the first module are included in the syllabus. Participants bring their own reading materials (English or native language) to the second module: memo's; a newspaper, magazine or journal, and a non-fiction book of about 400 pages.

    Day 1: module 1 The basic skills One week of personal practice on own material Day 2: module 2 The advanced skills

    Session 1: Assessment

    • the eye and reading
    • the brain and reading
    • reading habits and assumptions

    Session 5: Turbo eye and brain skills

    • questions and answers on personal practice
    • turbo practices

    Session 2: Three EYE skills

    • explain
    • test
    • put into practice

    Session 6: Information processing and the brain

    • sensory input
    • short term memory
    • long term memory

    Session 3: Practicing the eye skills

    • step by step
    • sample and custom reading material
    • how to measure progress

    Session 7: Non fiction (book) reading

    • MMOST
    • mind mapping organic study technique

    Session 4: Three BRAIN skills

    • explain
    • test
    • put into practice

    Session 8: Hints for the future

    • handling memo's
    • screen reading (incl. tablet reading)
    • internet speed reading
    • reader-friendly writing

    Number of participants

    12 per group


    Group 1:     14  + 21 May 2019 (morning)        9:30-12:30     
    Group 2:     14  + 21 May 2019 (afternoon)    13:30-16:30     

    Campus Etterbeek - rooms D1.07 (both days)

    Participation in this training will automatically appear in your online PhD portfolio, after signing the attendance list!



    Free of charge for PhD students

    We kindly ask you to register only once and only when you can actually participate. In case you have already registered but are not able to participate, please be so kind as to notify us by sending an e-mail to doctoral.schools@vub.be so we can offer your place to one of your PhD colleagues on the waiting list.

    Please be aware of the fact that the cancellation and no-show policy of VUB applies. Cancellation of your participation is only allowed up to 48 hours before the start of the course. Otherwise, the policy as described on the doctoral school website will be followed.

    Registration Rules: https://student.vub.be/en/phd/doctoral-training#registration
    No Show Policyhttps://student.vub.be/en/regulations-and-forms#phd