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Exploring the intricacies of the brain with a French speed reading champion

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By: Wassim NASR | Erin Ogunkeye | Ségolène MALTERRE
8 min

From mediocre student to world speed reading champion: this week we meet Professor Mohamed Koussa in his hometown of La Courneuve, in the Seine-Saint-Denis suburbs of Paris.

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Mind mapping, the "pomodoro technique" and speed reading were all foreign concepts to Mohamed Koussa, until he mastered them himself. The 40-year-old history, French and geography professor now teaches these memory and concentration techniques to students who struggle at school just like he once did. The Banlieue Project team went to meet him.

Banlieue Project is a platform for residents of France's disadvantaged suburbs to tell their own stories. We provide the camera and they film their experiences to break down clichés about the French "banlieues".

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