Book Blaster 11

“I came top of the class in a Law exam!”

Michael Evans, from Edmonstown, Mid-Glamorgan, is celebrating. “That’s not wine my daughter is drinking in the photograph, honest!” he says. He has just passed his law exam with a higher grade than any one else in his class but without handing in a single essay throughout his whole course. He even left his revision to the last three days but, thanks to PhotoReading, he had an unexpected success.

Michael works as a car salesman and has spent the last year squeezing some free time out of his schedule to attend the evening classes in A-Level Law. “I didn’t hand in any work during the whole course because I hadn’t had the time,” admits Michael. Each week his fellow students would hand in the large amount of written homework to their teacher.

“The truth is that with working long hours I hadn’t done the reading. And people were handing in essays every week and I was the guy with the excuse,” he remembers. But not the day he called his teacher to find out how he had done in the gruelling law exam, and how his fellow students had got on.

“I wasn’t expecting to pass the exam in all honesty. Even though I had an interest in the subject, I knew I hadn’t put the work in and the lecturer kept telling us that you won’t pass unless you put the work in.”

In fact, Michael passed his A level law with a respectable C grade. Not so, the rest of the group. No-one got higher than a D according to his teacher.

“Considering that I put in less work than anyone else, I’m very pleased. I don’t know if it was to do with PhotoReading, but on the day it just seemed to click right in. I imagined my mind just being blank because I hadn’t done the work. But I started writing and I just seemed to remember everything as I needed.

What I did was to PhotoRead the materials from the course, and I did several mind maps of all the different subjects which I think helped me more than anything else. Doing the mind-maps was time consuming. I left it all to the last minute so it was all in the last two or three days.

When it came to the exam itself I remembered the colours I had used on the mind map. I saw the pictures, not the notes. But in doing law you have to remember the names of the individual cases. Basically there are about eight different subjects and there are as many as ten fairly important cases you have to know and others you could know and you have remember the more important ones.”

His experience in the exam itself was markedly different from previous encounters with the exam hall.

“I was quite nervous until I sat down and started writing. One of the things that I did before I went in was to play some of the slow classical music. I also used that while reading and I think that helped. I didn’t go in thinking I’ve PhotoRead this so I’m going to be better than I have before, it was just that when I started writing it all came to me before. Before PhotoReading I would get the occasional block.

When I told the others that I’d got a better grade than them they seemed surprised and a perhaps a little jealous. The lecturer gave me the results of the others in the class. She was disappointed that nobody got an A.

“What I do wonder now is, if I got a C without trying, what could I have learned if I had really worked?” As we were about to conclude the interview, Michael became suddenly intent on changing the subject.

“Can I ask you something,” he said. “When you talk to people about Photo-Reading, what do people say about dreaming?”

Michael’s experience of dreaming has changed remarkably since he began PhotoReading. He has clear, vivid and emotional experiences.