LAST MINUTE EXAM REVISION - DON'T WORRY THERE IS STILL TIME!
It’s that time of year again. Although it seems like a long way away, exam season is in fact just a matter of weeks away. Once you get beyond Easter, it’s a downhill ride from there with those June exam dates coming ever closer.
But for those of you who have left your revision a little late the good news is that there is still time to turn the situation around.
OVERCOMING YEARS OF FAILURE
I remember a couple of years ago receiving a call from a policeman who was for the going for his Police Sergeants Exams having previously failed them several years in a row. “I’ve only got 3 weeks before the exam” he said with some trepidation and anxiety. “No problem I said, let’s get something in the diary ASAP.” “Ah, yes, well, I’m also busy for the next week and a half, and after that I can only spare a couple of hours.” he added. That was a tall order for me at the time given I’d never worked with a policeman studying for his Sergeants exams. I have now come to realise that PhotoReading™ isn’t subject dependent, it’s more about finding your own learning style and applying it to whatever you are studying.
FROM FAILURE TO TOP 25%
PhotoReading™ is a very accelerated version of speed reading. With speed reading you are looking to get up to speeds of around 600 words per minute. With PhotoReading™ we start at 25,000 words per minute. (Yes, I know that sounds fast, however Paul McKenna read at speeds of up to 1,000,000 (1 million) words per minute then took a test and got over 70% comprehension so we are starting off pretty slow in comparison!)
The policeman went on to explain that his superiors had made it clear that this was the last time he should try to sit the exam suggesting that he perhaps wasn’t ‘Sergeant material.’ Not only was he pushed for time he could only spare 2-hours for the PhotoReading Coaching Session. He called me a few weeks after the exam. He hadn’t yet received his results but was just calling to say that for the first time in his life he was relaxed and calm during the exams, and that in itself was a fantastic bonus regardless of the outcome. A few weeks later he called again and left another message to say he had received his exam results and could I give him a call. “Well Marilyn” he started “I received my exam results . . . . . . . . .Not only did I pass, I was in the top 25 percentile for the entire country!” This from a man who had not only failed the exam several years in a row, but had the added stress and pressure from his bosses given that the younger guys were coming up through the ranks and passing first time. Wow, I was very impressed with his performance and results to say the least!
That said, the morale of this story isn’t that it’s OK to leave things to the last minute, however, even with limited time, it is still possible to pull something quite spectacular out of the bag.
The policeman in question knew his stuff, he was just having difficulty pulling the information together in a logical way, remaining calm under exam conditions, and getting that knowledge down on paper in the allocated time.
In PhotoReading™ terms, one of the foundations of the system is your physical and mental preparation. If you are calm and relaxed, and in what I call the accelerated learning state, you will automatically be in a better position to perform better in your exams. Once you know what you are doing it can take as little as 60 seconds to get yourself prepared and into state. The components involve relaxing your breathing, getting into expanded awareness, having a purpose for what you are about to study and using what is known as the Tangerine Technique. (See the Podcast link below for further information).
AN 8-HOUR EXAM DONE IN 3-HOURS
My first brush with using PhotoReading™ for exams was when I was taking my NLP Trainers Training exam. The exam started at 9am and finished at 5pm. Eight hours to work through a series of papers and get your knowledge down on paper in a way that shows the examiners that you know your stuff. As I had just learnt about PhotoReading™ I decided that I wouldn’t bother revising in the traditional way, I would simply PhotoRead instead. So I got myself physically and mentally prepared, previewed all of my text books, folders and notes, and then set about activating and creating a few Mind Maps. I also put a goal in my future Time Line that I was going to finish the 8-hour exam in just 3-hours and pass with flying colours. It seemed an unlikely goal given that I still had a Doctors Certificate that gave me extra time in my professional ACCA Accountancy exams because medically my memory was so bad. However, all seemed to be going well until the morning of the exam . . . . . . . .
I arrived at the hotel where the all day exam was taking place. You know the scene, scores of people wandering around, their head in books trying to cram in last minute facts, others shuffling through piles of 3x5 cards, and some pacing up and down reciting facts to themselves or deep in memory jogging conversation with others. As I walked in I could hear someone asking about how to do a sub-modalities belief change, good question I thought, I can’t remember. Out of the blue someone turned to me and asked, “What are the key steps involved in setting an Anchor?” I looked at them, they looked at me, and realising that my mind was a complete blank, I burst into tears and ran off to the toilet. A friend from my study group saw my emotional melt down and followed me. I explained how stupid I’d been and that I hadn’t done any revision, all I’d done was PhotoRead. Now this was they type of exam that came at the end of a 3-week training. Failing meant having to wait until the following year and paying another £4000 to re-take the whole course, not just the written exam. My heart was racing; I was kicking myself for trusting this crazy thing called PhotoReading™.
The rest as they say is history, but suffice to say, what happened during that exam was one of the reasons why I decided to go on and become a Certified PhotoReading™ Instructor. (Short version, not only did I pass the exam, but I was the first person to finish and, as planned, I was done in just 3-hours).
My PhotoReading™ clients and students, even those suffering from dyslexia and dyspraxia have gone on to create similar success stories. There isn’t time to include them all here but those of you who take my PhotoReading Workshop will certainly hear all about them throughout the weekend.
FREE STUDY & EXAM SKILLS PODCASTS
I have already covered some of the steps involved in PhotoReading™ in my Free Podcast on How to Power Up Your Study Sessions which you can find at: http://marilyndevonish.podomatic.com/
There is also a Podcast on How to Banish Exam Stress which outlines some of the techniques that I used with the Police Sergeant discussed above which enabled him to be much more calm and relaxed during his exams.
People often ask whether PhotoReading™ is subject dependent, and my answer to that would have to be ‘no.’ We have students studying law, marketing, and accountancy, through to mathematics, crystal healing, aromatherapy, and everything in between. Once you know the PhotoReading™ Whole Mind System, you can apply it to whatever you choose.
FROM LAW FAILURE TO A NEAR 1ST
Another PhotoReading™ student of mine Anna was working full time and studying law as part of her professional development and in order to progress further within her company. During the PhotoReading™ Weekend Workshop she shared that having taken a week off work to complete an assignment; she went home and cried when she failed. Her worry was that with only 4-weeks annual leave at her disposal each year and tons more papers to write, there was no way she could find the time. She was considering giving up because it seemed like an impossible dilemma. Within a couple of weeks of completing the PhotoReading™ Weekend Workshop she had another assignment to submit. Using the techniques learnt at the workshop she took no time off work and this time was just a couple of points short of getting a First Class for the paper.
Whenever I share them I know that the case studies seem a little unbelievable, but having been a PhotoReading Instructor for the past 10 years, I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful and creative ways that delegates have gone on to use their PhotoReading skills, everything from finding clothes in TK Maxx to spotting speed cameras!
I certainly encourage my delegates to mix and match how they use the PhotoReading™ Whole Mind System. I personally usuallys always use Step 1 (Prepare) and Step 2 (Preview) so that you are in the ideal accelerated learning state, have a clear purpose, and know what’s coming up. The PhotoReading (Step 3) is like doing a data download of everything in the book or whatever you are reading, and given that it only takes 5-minutes to PhotoRead a book from start to finish, this is definitely a few minutes well spent. I usually also suggest leaving the Mind Mapping as the last piece of the Activation Process (Step 5) so that you are capturing what you have learnt, as opposed to simply wasting time copying from a book.
THE SUPRISING RESULTS FOR AUTHOR HARUN RABBANI
Author of Shattering the Grandest Illusions Harun Rabbani recently attended my PhotoReading Weekend Workshop. In this interview Harun shares how just one simple technique shared on the first evening helped him to reach even higher states of consciousness. He also shares some of the benefits of attending the workshop: http://marilyndevonish.podomatic.com/entry/2012-03-24T05_14_23-07_00
I wish you very good luck with your studies and would definitely encourage putting a goal out in your future Time Line regarding your ideal result.
For further information about PhotoReading and an overview of the 5 Steps go to: http://tranceformationstm.com/photo.html
LIVE OR LIVE STREAM PHOTOREADING WORKSHOP
If you are interested in attending a PhotoReading Memory Supercharger Workshop click in the red button on my main website or go directly to: http://secretofphotoreading.eventbrite.com/ There is an extra class taking place in April 2012, and on to one PhotoReading Coaching Sessions are available by appointment.
ABOUT MARILYN DEVONISH
Marilyn Devonish is a Certified PhotoReading Instructor, Certified Trainer of NLP, Certified Trainer of Hypnosis, Certified Trainer of Time Line Therapy, Management Consultant, and Life and Executive Coach. She also holds a Business Studies Degree, Post Graduate CIM Marketing Diploma and has been coaching, speaking, and training in the area of Leadership Development and Accelerated Learning for 12 years. She also is a Freelance Writer and has written for a number of national newspapers, and magazines. Her first book Stories of Transformation, co-authored with Anthony Robbins, Dr Wayne Dyer, Brain Tracy, Paul Scheele (the creator of PhotoReading), and Marie Diamond from The Secret, was published in 2007.
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