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Solo Drills

References: Meter Drills and Solo Session Checklists.
The Solo-auditor does not use formal TR 0-4. Instead he or she uses these Solo-drills. The drills also cover metering. The Meter drills used are the same as for CT Level 0-5. The Solo-auditor does the selected drills that apply to Solo-auditing as listed and described below under Solo Meter Drills.

The Solo Drills and Solo Meter Drills are done to train a Solo-auditor in how to do real Solo-auditing actions and Solo-auditing.
The Drills do not teach one to be able to audit pc's, nor do they try to teach Auditors TRs.  They are done thoroughly  until the Solo-student can do each drill easily.

The Drills are done with a Meter, worksheets, auditing table and Solo-can set-up just as in a real Solo-session.

Solo Drill 1: Solo Can Drill

Purpose: Trains the Solo-student in how to take a Tone Arm reading with two cans and with Solo-cans. Also, how to do a proper can squeeze on a one-hand electrode.

Position: The Solo-student is seated at a table with Meter and Solo-cans. 
The student has a printed copy of Solo Session Checklists with him. 
The coach sits beside the student.

Directions: Solo Session Checklists is used. 
The coach has the student set up the Meter, measure his TA reading with two cans and note it on the worksheets. The coach then has the student change over to a Solo-can set up and adjust TA and note it on the worksheet. The student will notice the TA position is considerably higher on Solo-cans. The reliable TA position takes two hand cans to establish.  The coach has the student do this part of the drill until the student can do it easily and rapidly.

The coach then has the student do a one-hand can squeeze for sensitivity setting. This is per Meter Drill 5A.  This drill is done until the student can do it Solo easily and repeatedly.

Solo Drill 2: Setting Up a Solo-session

Purpose: Trains the Solo-student to set up and end off a Solo-session per the "Checklist for Beginning a Solo-session".

Position: Coach and student sit at a table. On the table are worksheets, a Meter, cans, ball-point pens, stapler, correction lists and materials as described in the Checklist.

Directions: The Checklist is used and followed. The coach has the student set up and end off a Solo-session exactly per the Checklist. This is drilled until the student can easily set up and end off a Solo-session. 

Solo Drill 3: Solo Metering

Purpose: Trains the Solo-auditor to read written material and note whether the Meter reads or not at the same time.

Position: The Solo student is seated at a table set up for a Solo session. The student has a printed copy  of the Meter Drills and EM Lists. The coach is seated beside the student.

Directions: The Solo-student arranges his tools on the table and keeps worksheets. 
He uses one of the Prepared Assessment Lists from EM Lists. He puts the list where he can see the list and the needle at the same time. He places a blank sheet of paper over the list so the paper covers everything.
 The Solo-auditor then uncovers the first line by moving the blank sheet and reads the first line while also keeping an eye on the Meter for reads. He moves his blank sheet down another line and continues down the list noting all reads and instant reads. He does the drill silently.

Note: An instant read in Solo occurs at the instant that the Solo-auditor first gets the concept of the major thought, not necessarily at the point where he has run his eyeballs over the words of the line, or finished vocalizing the words in his head (he shouldn't vocalize them anyway, but many students do).

When he sees a read  the Solo-student tells the coach what item and what the read was. He then writes the item and its read on the worksheet. From time to time he notes time and TA position. The coach checks that the student does this correctly and has the student continue with the drill. Different EM Lists are used until the student can do the actions of reading written material and noting reads and recording reading items on a worksheet effortlessly. The coach keeps the student going until he can do it.

Note on coaching: On this drill the coach may think he has nothing to do and tend to go on automatic. But he has to be in very good comm with the Solo-student and ask him what happened. The Meter read, but was it an instant read? Had the Solo-auditor thought the major thought of the question, whatever his eyeballs were doing? 
(It is even possible for the next line to read before it has been uncovered because the Solo-auditor has done the drill so many times he knows what the next line is. This should be noticed and flunked as it is an out TR-1 situation. The student should be able to stay focused on one line at the time and not anticipate the next. This is part of good session control). 

Solo Drill 4: Clearing Words

Purpose: Trains the Solo-student in clearing the meanings of words for auditing questions and commands.

Position: The Solo-student is seated at a Solo set-up (per Solo Drill 2). The coach is seated beside the student. A copy of some technical material is placed on the table where the Solo-student can read it and see the Meter needle at the same time.

Directions: The Solo-student reads the materials and notes when the Meter reads. When he sees a read the student finds and clears the misunderstood word to F/N and notes his actions on the worksheets. Solo-cans and Solo-session set-up is used. The coach ensures that the student does all of these actions. After the materials are word cleared other materials are used. The drill is continued until the Solo-student can do it easily, keep worksheets and handle the Meter. The coach helps the student and encourages him until the student can do it easily.

Solo Drill 5: Solo Cycle of Action

Purpose: Trains the Solo-student  to carry out cycles of action in Solo-auditing to completion of that cycle, and to end cycle on it.

Position: The Solo-student is seated at a Solo set-up. The coach seated beside him. The student has a copy of Meter Drill 20.

Directions: The student uses the list of questions given in EM-20, except the word "your" in the questions is changed to "my", and the word "you" is changed to "I". The Solo-student uncovers one question at the time. He notes whether or not the question reads on the Meter and makes sure to write it down on the worksheet. Then he silently answers the question and writes down the answer. Then he acknowledges the fact that this cycle is complete. The coach then verifies that the student did each step and whether the student is satisfied that he has done so. This drill is passed when the Solo-student can carry out this cycle of action without being distracted and without Q & A. Each cycle is started executed and ended without hesitation and in a disciplined way. The questions, answers and acknowledgments are done silently and conceptually, not aloud.

Solo Meter Drills

References: Meter Drills and Solo Drills above.

The Solo Meter Drills are only done after the Meter Drills are done very thoroughly the normal way. Not all the EM Drills are done Solo as it wouldn't apply. The actual Solo Meter Drills are listed and described below. 

The Solo-student does the following Solo Meter drills, using the Solo-session set-up including Solo-cans and worksheets. If the Solo-student has any difficulty with a Solo-drill he should return to and redo that Drill, or to the regular Meter drill until he can do it easily. The numbers used for Solo Meter Drills are the same as for Meter Drills. Those numbers not listed are not done Solo. The Solo Meter Drills are done silently unless otherwise stated.

Solo Meter Drill 5A, Can Squeeze: This is done as part of Solo Drill 1.

Solo Meter Drill 5B, Metabolism Test: This is done as part of Solo Drill 2, Setting Up a Solo-session.

Solo Meter Drill 8, TA Motion/No Motion: Is done as EM-8 except that student has the material on the table beside the Meter. He uncovers the materials line by line. He holds the Solo-cans himself and observes the Meter while reading the material.

Solo Meter Drill 9, Body Motion and the Tone Arm: Is done as EM-9 except that student holds Solo-cans and reads the material. He uncovers the materials line by line. Important is the correct positioning of the Meter, worksheets, and reading material. The student should work on this first and find the optimum placement of his tools so as to be able to see the Meter and reading at the same time. When that is done he can go on to the actual drill.

Solo Meter Drill 10, Noting TA Blowdowns: Is done as EM-10. The notes under the previous drill apply.

Solo Meter Drill 11, Having the Needle on the Dial: Is done as EM-11 with student holding Solo-cans and reading silently from the statement sheet of EM lists. He uncovers the materials line by line.

Solo Meter Drill 14, Reads and No Reads: Is done as EM-14 but with student holding Solo-cans and reading materials. He uncovers the materials line by line.

Solo Meter Drill 15, What the Needle is Doing: Is done as EM-15 but the student is holding the Solo-cans and reading the statements to himself and thinking the meaning of the statements conceptually. He uncovers the materials line by line.

Coach asks: "What did the needle do while reading the line?" etc., as in EM-15.

An important point to learn from this Drill is that the Meter read will occur when the student reads the line and first gets the concept. It teaches the student to be able to read a line and note the Meter reaction or lack of it at the same time. It is incorrect to read the line and then look at the Meter later as that is a sure way to miss reads in Solo.

It also teaches the student that if he has his attention fixated on the Meter and doesn't actually think the meaning of the line, the Meter won't read. 
Don't complicate this Drill. Observe the needle and tell coach what you see and you have gotten the essence of it.

Solo Meter Drill 19, Instant Reads: Is done as EM-19, but with the student holding the Solo-cans and the coach seated beside him, observing. The drill is done silently. The coach keeps the student at it and asks commands as in EM-19 until the student can do it easily and with certainty.

Solo Meter Drill 21, Meter Steering: Is done as EM-21 but Solo-student holding Solo-cans.

In this Solo Meter Drill  the student will of course already know what he was thinking of when the Meter reads. The drill is however done as in EM-21 to show the Solo-student that his thought will again produce the same read when he again thinks it.

In addition it illustrates the necessity for the Solo-auditor to keep his attention on the reading item or subject in order to keep that item reading. Also, when the thought is repeated it shows how the read will diminish and eventually vanish as the charge is reduced by re-spotting the original thought.

Step Two: In this Solo Drill there is therefore a second step where the student is required to repeatedly think the same thought until the read no longer occurs and to note the reads on his worksheet as they occur.
This is an actual auditing technique, used on certain Solo-levels, to discharge items. The step must therefore be thoroughly done to a high level of competence.

Solo Meter Drill 24, Check for Instant Reads: Is done as EM-24 but the student holding Solo-cans and does the assessments on himself. Only use the assessment lists given in the EM Lists.

Solo Meter Drill 26, Assessing and Selecting Best Reads: Is done as EM-26 but student holding Solo-cans.

Meter Drill 27, Wide Viewing Field: This skill is important in Solo but is taught as part of other Drills (especially Solo Drill 3). If the Solo-student has any difficulty in seeing the Meter and materials at the same time the normal EM-27 can be used to remedy the situation.


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