Speed Reading, no practice required.
I've been doing this for a couple weeks now and wanted to share. * I used to study speed reading, but it takes a large amount of effort for me to stay focused on a book for long periods of time while speed reading. I've been using ivona tts(text-to-speech) with moon reader pro for reading my ebooks for a while now, but i realized i was still spending a lot of time sitting around reading normally without tts. Here's the trick: * I sit down and started reading normally with my eyes, then turn on tts and crank the speed to 40. The hyper-voice keeps my attention on the pages while my eyes are able to track the novel without a problem. I just finished the scott westerfield trilogy in about three hours for each book, then four or so for the extra fourth novel he published. * For a reference, the epub of the fourth book, extras, has almost twice as many pages as the first Harry Potter book, or a hundred more ebook pages than the first twilight book. * I'm following the content fine and feel i could supply a plot recap to my speedrun stories as accurately as any book I've read normally. Just wanted to let everyone know, enjoy!
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Programming with ADD/ADHD [How-To]
I have ADHD and not medicated because Egypt have tight drug control over stimulants so I had to deal with my inability to focus without the help of medicine, here some tips related to learning programming while suffering from ADHD :
- Video tutorials: You get more stimulated watching video tutorial than reading a textbook and if you have VLC installed you can control the playback speed, for example depending on the instructor I sometimes watch the videos x1.5 to double the speed.
Still Video tutorials can’t compared to the books, programming books are more structured and in-depth compared to video tutorials, but you can do the following to beat the boredom from reading from textbook.
- Listen to non-vocal music. For example I get more engaged in reading while listening to Animals as leaders, and if I encountered a part that require for me to look at it more in depth, I just pause the music and I carefully read the hard part.
- Get a Kindle or Kobo or any kind of E-reader so you can walk in circles while reading because physical movement help you focus.
- Use Text to speech software: you can use Microsoft default one or use IVONA. For example with TextToSpeech Clipboard reader you can listen to book while adjusting the reading speed.
- Pick the books that are project based: Ask here in reddit or read Amazon reviews about the books and if the book walk you through a project or not, working toward a developing a software gives you motivation boost and give you end goal to look forward to.
- Make your goals Objective based, specially during learning so instead of saying I’m going to study programming for 30 mins, or an hour, say I’m going to read 25 pages doing all the exercises and code along section, or finish reading two chapters.
- Don’t get pissed , frustrated or criticize yourself while learning to program. If you found something you don’t understand or don’t get and feel yourself getting agitated, remind yourself that struggling to understand something unknown to you is normal, and actually the more you struggle the more you are forming and strengthening new connections in your brain. Mistakes aren’t really mistakes and that a scientific fact. Create a To do list and write all the ridiculous details in your today learning session so when you finish a small chunk you can check off it from the list and feel sense of accomplishment.
- Create a realistic and meaningful goal that is possible near the future, do you have an Idea for android app in your mind and you I want to make it a reality. Go sketch it, using paper or wireframe software, if you can use Photoshop use it, create the images as wallpaper for your computer to remind yourself what you are thriving toward.
- REWARD YOURSELF OFTEN: When I finish part of my objective I reward myself by watching an episode of a comedy sitcom.
Anybody is welcome to share any tips that might have worked with him.
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