"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Monday, November 29, 2010


[continuation from the Last Post ~ in connection with the recent launch of a series of new programs intended for parents as well as their school-going kids/teens, under the auspices of 'The House of Creative Brains'.]

Most people have this mistaken notion that "speed reading" solves all your reading problems. Yes, "speed" is a variable in the reading equation, but it does not gives you the edge, especially if it does not help in your comprehension.

The edge in reading at warp speeds is "asking questions", before you read, while reading & after you have read.

I must say that, one of the most profound set of probing questions ever generated for a student to navigate his reading text at warp speeds & master his learning quickly, came from educator Adam Robinson, also co-founder of the Princeton Review, an US-based standardized test preparation & admissions consulting company, who wrote the classic, 'What Smart Students Know'.

By the way, he is a US Chess Federation chess master, which happens to exemplify his appreciation of the power of having a strategy, even when we are reading.

He calls the penetrating questions, twelve of them to be exaxct, as the "cyberlearning questions". Go & read his book. You will be amply rewarded.

Nonetheless, closer to home, you have creativity maestro Dilip to show you how to probe a textbook.

More explicity, how to have a dialogue with the author... in other words, how to develop an intellectual intercourse with the author: reading on the lines, reading between the lines, & reading beyond the page.

Dilip & I firmly believe that "asking questions" should also apply in all other life situations, beyond just reading.

For example, asking self-check questions to bring out your own aliveness. To challenge your own assumptions. To clarify your purpose in living... are you busy living or busy dying, as Dilip likes to put it.

In a nut shell, asking questions helps one to build anticipatory prowess. Dilip will show how to go about it.

[to be continued in the Next Post.]

[For more information about the series of new programs under 'The House of Creative Brains', please get in touch with Ms. Faye Yeoh via her email]

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