While PhotoReading© and Reading Genius© share some similar
aspects of accelerated reading, The styles and approach are quite
Even in the commonalities, the styles are completely different
and teaching methods unique as described below.
In Reading Genius©, we use fast paced and intense music to
mind map at high speeds. Why? Because the brain only works
fast.. it cannot work slow! Your brain functions on electrochemical
impulses that are near instantaneous.. just like an electric
circuit. If you do it slowly, you will find that you will
forget a lot as you are trying to write down and remember!
That’s because your short term memory is only about 15-30
seconds worth of information, a far shorter time span than
people realize. After that you start forgetting as its being
“dumped” into your long term memory”.
Thus in order to enhance your recall , you will find that
mindmapping fast will help you recall much more. It can be
quite thrilling and fun if you do it right.
Now of course there are some inhibitions and perhaps even
a mental block or two that needs to be overcome in order to
do this well. Ed Strachar is an expert at breaking through
these barriers that can hamper even the best of us. He teaches
using a variety of methods including mental training, visualization,
humor, neuro-linguistic programming, affirmations and more
of whatever tools he sees that can help people.
Typical mind mapping training is slow, using pictures and
illustrations. This also can work …and it certainly looks
nice but almost always the quantity and quality of recall
Reading Genius© creator, Ed Strachar advise students who
want illustrative and color mind maps to it first quickly
to music ( we even give you a CD of Custom Composed Musical
Pieces to train with) and then again at their own pace making
it colorful and illustrative.
In Getting into an Ideal Learning State as PhotoReading©
calls it or a “Genius” state as Reading Genius© describes
it , may sound like, to the casual observer, simple branding
differences of the same thing. It is not.
Ed Strachar has trained Olympic and professional athletes,
studied chess with the grandmasters in Russia where he once
lived;, developed and wrote about the 6th sense and “hands-on-healing”
while in Asia where he spent several years studying.
He is a master at understanding the fundamentals of mind
and body and applying them. You will not find anyone better
at this than he.
With that knowledge, he can show you how to get totally focused
in on one thing which in this case of reading is a book. When
he trains basketball players, he shows them how to get totally
focused in on the basket, For tennis players, it’s the ball.
For salespeople, it’s the customer and so on.
Teaching people to get in a highly focused yet relaxed and
very enjoyable state to perform and learn in. That is why
he has had so much success in a variety of fields. The commonality
is this genius state.
Many people know these elements to some extent and Paul Sheele
of PhotoReading© is no exception and so there is merit to
We are certain you won’t find anyone better than Ed Strachar
at teaching this “genius” state. The result is a feeling of
certainty and focus that most people never experience. At
the highest levels , he calls it the “genius zone”. This is
a deeper and more intense state than PhotoReading‘s ideal
No other program including PhotoReading© teaches this in
quite the same way. The level of success a student has is
directly dependent on how well/deep they go into this state.
Ed Strachar has used this method with Olympic swimmers, professional
hockey players, IBM Executives and anyone else who desires
to improve their performance.
Both PhotoReading© and Reading Genius© emphasize techniques
to recall large volumes of information as if you are going
to read faster you are also going to have to recall better.
The techniques differ greatly. PhotoReadingฎ teaches activating
the information and has an extensive process of how to do
so. There is some overlap and some different terminology for
similar concept as memory and recall techniques are well known
and have been used for centuries.
Ed’s method uses well composed music, active dream states,
mindmapping in conjunction with the imaging and curiosity
states to recall vividly. This works incredibly well when
applied. It has been demonstrated with learning disabled,
young children and people into their eighties as its simply
an amplification and emphasis on natural states of learning
and behavior. Thus its easy but still has to be learned and
mastered as does anything else.
The PhotoReading© method of recall is different as it require
rereading at slow speeds, actively digging into your “subconscious”
or what they call “activating” which is difficult for many
people and requires extensive work/practice.
Though we are subjective. The only real judge as to which
one you like better is to try both and decide.
The Major Differences:
PhotoReading© teaches you to blur your eyes when you read.
Reading Geniusฎ teaches you to keep a clear yet broad focus.
A major distinction.
Both methods teach you to focus from a focal point behind your
head. Both teach you to widen your vision. Reading Geniusฎ teaches
you to consciously understand what you read at high speeds,
PhotoReading© teaches a more unconscious absorption process that
then is followed up by what is essentially speedreading and memory
techniques to recall what was read unconsciously.
Typical PhotoReading© jargon goes like this:
“when you photoread you are not using your conscious
mind you are using the other than conscious mind, the
At Reading Genius© we believe it never needs to get this
technical or involved. You don’t need to know everything about
biochemistry to enjoy the taste of an apple. And while you may
have an interest in how the mind works, we teach you through
direct methods of focus, dynamic exercises, both reading and
physical, to music and a whole host of other methods that keep it
simple and enjoyable. Much less technical and yet more effective
for most people.
It was Albert Einstein who said
“ If you cannot explain it simply, you don’t
understand it well enough.”
With Reading Genius© it never needs to get so complicated.
Instead you learn to concentrate all your focus on the book and
nothing else. Realize that the biggest problem people have when
the read is that they are thinking of 5-10 other things while they
are reading. It is not because they are not using their
“preconscious processor” correctly !?
If the mind is not focused, absorbed and curious, it wanders!
You end up thinking about social life, things to do, fantasies
etc.. So if you learned to take all that mental energy and harness
it, the result would be an intense focus.. and then you would read
much better, comprehend and recall better as well. Much
Think about that.
It is really that simple. Of course you still need to do it and
its easier said than done...but with the exercises you do in
Reading Genius© it comes more natural than you would expect.
Literally Ed has taught this to blind people with only slight
adaptations for Braille text and using their forearm instead of
PhotoReading© teaches a traditional preview and postview method
very similar to what is in many speedreading and academic courses
It makes extensive use of “trigger” words to recall. Previewing
and postviewing are standard concepts. How they are done makes all
Reading Genius© teaches you to get fully absorbed amplifying
your natural states of curiosity and imagination. The simple
premise being that when you are intensely curious you learn fast.
Just like a child. Then the elements you recall will come
naturally, just like after watching a great movie.. you naturally
can recall it because you were so absorbed and your imagination
and curiousity were totally involved in the movie. If you are
bored/uninterested, you will not comprehend well..regardless of
what technique you use.
We all have imaginations and we can be curious. You need not
learn anything new! Just learn to amplify those states! That’s
what you learn with the Reading Genius© course.
You don’t need to learn a special technique, just learn to
get fully engrossed into what you are doing. When it happens
naturally, it happens easily!
Reading Genius© employs high speed drills designed to be
conducted in a genius state. This is an exercise that is done
before you read the book with the effect of turning on your brain
power, previewing the material, and building your focus. While
reading, your vision naturally expands and you learn to read
across and down the page while maintaining the genius state. You
may even evolve to reading sections of the page at a glance. Some
achieve this and more. Much more. It’s a matter of degree.
PhotoReading© has you turn the pages at a high speed rhythmical
pace of about 1 page per second, what they claim is 25, 000
words/min with your vision slightly blurred – meaning everything
“ At a rate of about one page a second, we can PhotoRead a
whole book in a few minutes. This is not traditional reading.
After PhotoReading, we may have little if any of the material in
conscious awareness, which means we may consciously know
This is a major difference and reason why Reading Genius©
simply works better. A clear focus is always superior to a blurred
one unless you dreaming! In reading blurry vision simply does not
work as well – period! Saying you read fast yet consciously
knowing nothing is like saying you have a lot of money, you just
don’t know where it is!
Yes PhotoReading© then has follow-up with steps to “extract”
from your subconscious what you read with blurry eyes..
But it simply doesn’t need to be so complicated. We are not
saying the PhotoReading© process is a bad one. We are stating that
quite emphatically that Reading Genius© is superior. Far
The goals are similar, though with Reading Genius©
, we believe we have a superior process due to the natural ease of
what we teach as really you are learning how your mind, and body
work and using it accordingly…without invoking methods that
require a lot of instruction or learned technique. This is a
fundamental advantage of Reading Geniusฎ over
Other Applications of Reading Genius© :
People learn to get in the genius state and develop a
high degree of confidence and certainty . Other effects are more
peace, and harmony which almost always means being more relaxed
and focused at the same time. Its applicable to anything you do in
life. Thus we believe the principles of Reading Genius© are more
universally applied to all aspects of life than PhotoReadingฎ
which is less adaptable to other disciplines though still somewhat
extendable as is all learning.
In learning any new method there are bound to be additional
Higher Principles and teachings:
Higher principles are adopted. Principles such as
using the breath to control the mind so that a person can focus
clearly. If the mind is thinking to other things and not focused,
it won’t read well. Judgment can also get in the way. If someone
is peaceful within, they will read better. One is most peaceful
when they have love. This principle applies to all…and is
One of Ed’s mentors, Mr. Alexander Everett
taught Ed a fundamental paradigm shift on the principle of genius
.The genius lies within a person and real education is to get the
things out of the way that block a person from realizing his true
gifts and abilities.
Understand and awaken to that and you realize that Reading
Genius© can help you in many other ways besides reading
Where PhotoReading excels:
As a large organization with many staff members and a worldwide
network of franchises, trainers and teachers, PhotoReading© is
more apt to be available locally and provide many resources that
Reading Genius© simply doesn’t do.
Ed teaches Reading Genius© in one day, and for kids ..just a
few hours. He has demonstrated this on 4 continents in charity and
demonstration events. A few people in every class exceed the world
record for speed and comprehend quite well as evidenced by them
explaining the book to the class.
Most Reading Genius© students find it easier to follow and thus
need less support. Support is still available through email and
Reading Genius© was developed from the Heart!
What Ed knows
as an inventor, is that when something is developed from a
person’s heart and soul and has endured the trials of mastery and
learned the key underlying principles, a certainty and brilliance
is developed that cannot be copied or duplicated by others. Thus
Ed doesn’t develop hundreds of “certified trainers” as does
PhotoReading© . The obvious tradeoffs of quality vs. accessibility
exist for live seminars yet the Reading Genius© homestudy course
is available for everyone.
When in Seminar Format, Reading Genius© is taught in one day
and PhotoReadingฎ needs 4 days! A tribute to both the simpler
approach of Reading Geniusฎ and PhotoReadingฎ use of trainers who
may not be as sharp as the creator. Many graduates of Reading
Genius© have surpassed the world record. Kids only need a few
hours typically to learn this. Its not hard, its
Ed Strachar’s background:
Ed Strachar was formerly a scientist first, having invented a
Silicon Chip used in Aerospace for the US and NATO arsenals. Upon
visiting and then living in Russia and seeing a different
perspective on things, he decided to focus his intense mental
capacity on things more purposeful for mankind: the frontiers of
human potential and the answer to the question: what are we capable
of? And how can the average person experience this tremendous human
potential. As well, learning to balance the mind and the heart.
He believes in precision, simplicity and fundamental scientific
principles first and seeks a deeper understanding of things and
insists that they have pragmatic and useful application. He also
cares intensely for people’s well
It is important to know that while Learning Strategies Inc. is a
Medium size company with many employees, certified teachers,
trainers, managers and so on, Ed Strachar is more of a purist. He
doesn’t train hundreds of teachers or spend all his time doing
commercial marketing of his products. He prefers not to spend his
time managing a company but instead focuses his energy seeking
higher wisdom from all corners of the globe and then pragmatically
applies it to different walks of life.
Within the realm of reading, many of his students have exceeded
the world record, he has been invited to teach at, The
US Air Force Academy, The US Naval Post Graduate School, many Fortune
100 Corporations and across the
globe. No one else can make this claim.
As you will also see, Ed has many other titles including Into The Genius Zone©,
Reading Geniusฎ for Kids, and of course Reading Geniusฎ which
has sold over 100,000 copies and continues to be a preeminent
In Comparison with PhotoReading© , Reading Genius© is simpler yet
teaches at a higher level and is much more natural and dynamic.
While PhotoReading© is a credible program with its own merits
Reading Genius©, we believe is a better, more thorough, higher
quality program with better value and results. Of course this is
subjective. The only one who can truly make that decision as to
which you will be better served with is you. Try both – each has
credible money back guarantees and each will teach you different
ways and thus leave you with the ability to create the method that
best suits you. No one program can satisfy everyone.
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