Posted by Terry Everett on Jul 26, 2017
    If you could read twice as fast as you do now with increased comprehension, how would that affect your life?  Would you be able to get more things done during the day?  Maybe it would allow you more time to enjoy life and do the things YOU want to do?
    Howard Berg is considered the fastest reader in the world. "The Guinness World Record Book" recognized Berg in 1990 for his ability to read more than 25,000 words per minute and write more than 100 words per minute.  Howard has been featured on over 1,100 radio and television shows.  He shared some of his techniques with us last week.
    Howard shared five skills to help us double our reading speed, improve our comprehension, how to remember what we learned, some math magic and some emotional counter skills.  Mr. Berg has helped thousands read faster.  He has a student who passed the bar in California at the age of 19.  His 22 year old brother is also an attorney and a flight instructor.  Not to be outdone, their 15 year old sister is in her first year of law school and will be the youngest person in California to pass the bar.  The second youngest to pass the bar will be a 17 year year old, all who are using Howard's techniques.  
     Another student, Stephen T., graduated from UT-Arlington  at the age of 16 with a 4.0 g.p.a. majoring in Economics.  He went to Oklahoma University were he got his Masters in math at the age of 19 finishing with a 3.97 g.p.a.  
    Brad Voellar received his four year college degree in six months.  He learned Chinese in three weeks.
    Comprehension is more important than reading fast, however.  People don't want to read fast, they want to learn fast.  Howard said the trick to reading and learning is "schema."  Schema is the technical term meaning what you know already.  Schema is like the decoder ring.  Not only does it help you read faster, but it helps you slow down when you come across a new word that you need to know.
    Howard shared a technique to help everyone develop their emotional intelligence.  It is something we all can do every day.  He noted this is a good way to help someone when they are about to take a test and although they know the material, they become stressed and unable to do well on the test.  It helps create focus, concentration, relaxation or any state to help you be more successful.
    Mr. Berg shared some math magic.  He presented the simple math problem "103x107=?".  It is very easy to figure without a calculator.  Here's how.  3x7=21, Now add bilaterally 103+7=110 which is the same as 107+3.  They are always the same.  Now write down 11021.  The answer to the equation 103x107 is 11,021.  
    Howard then taught some memory techniques.  The Greeks discovered thousands of years ago a shortcut to memory.  Although there are many, one is taking what you are trying to learn and associating it to something you know.  1=pole, 2=shoes, 3=tricycle, 4=car, 5=glove, 6=guns, 7=dice, 8=skates, 9=cat (nine lives), 10=bowling pins.  
   Howard is donating his learning system to our current college scholarship recipients and our two RYLA campers.  Thank you Howard!  
   If you want more information about Howard's systems for you, your kids or grandchildren, you can check out his website at  You can call him direct at 214-952-9150 or email him at  Howard added that he is willing to give us personal one-on-one time or help.  He just wants to help people.