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Fast Processing Speed (B)


Social-Emotional Learning All Ages Strategy


Processing Speed

Fast Processing Speed (B)

If your student works very quickly and you want to help them slow down or go deeper with the extra time

What It Is

Understanding how you take in and respond to information can help you identify how much time you need, when you need to work quickly, and when you might need to slow down and use a more careful approach. Processing speed is the rate at which you see, think about and react to information. Everyone processes at a different rate. Some people process more quickly what they see or read than what they hear and vice versa. Others might work quickly but in the process miss important information. Understanding your processing speed with different types of activities is important.

When It Matters

Processing speed matters when you need to listen, think and respond to questions or information during class, in a conversation, or on a test, quiz or homework assignment. At times you might be asked to respond quickly but accurately. In other circumstances, you might have all the time you need.

Ways To Make Best Use Of Your Strong Processing Speed

  1. Use any extra time to go back and check your work or re-read key points in a reading assignment. Going back over the work will always lead to increased understanding and help you improve upon what you've done.
  2. If you tend to finish ahead of time, you want to be sure that you are truly showing your best work. If you find you make "silly mistakes" you might need to build an awareness of your pace. Use a timer to help you realize when you might be rushing.
  3. Do Even Better. Take the time to weave in quality adjectives and transitions into your essay, or add another trial in your science experiment. You don't want to create work, but consider if there are opportunities to improve on the quality of your work.
  4. Get ahead. If you have extra time, consider previewing the next lesson. Having familiarity with a topic will help you better understand when it is taught.
  5. Give yourself a break. If you have completed your work thoroughly and have time to spare, do something fun.
  6. Be a respectful classmate and try not to draw attention to the fact that you have finished. You will be helping your friends do their best job if they are not worried about speeding up to finish with you.
  7. Use your quick processing speed to be a team player during group work.