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Program 7: Speed Reading for Work, School and Recreations for Adults and Entering High School Seniors

The goal of this program is to save you time. You will double your reading speed in textbooks, and triple your speed in easier reading materials.* In addition, you will learn comprehension, concentration, and retention techniques that will enable you to remember more, even though you are reading faster. You will virtually eliminate re-reading. You will also learn useful techniques for studying textbooks, taking notes, preparing for tests, and developing your vocabulary.

Saving time is not the only benefit of this course. Many of our students enjoy reading much more than they did before taking this class, and are reading many more books - both fiction and non-fiction - for personal enrichment. As a result of the speed and comprehension gains made in this class, these students now become more completely absorbed in the content of what they read.

Instructors are drawn from the faculty of the Institute of Reading Development. Curriculum design and instructor training are supervised by Paul Copperman, the author of two bestselling books on education and a Presidential appointee to the National Council on Educational Research.

The class is conducted in a workshop format in which you will practice and master speed reading, comprehension, and study skills. At home, you will continue to practice the skills on your regular academic, professional, or personal reading materials. Class meets for two and a half hours, once a week, for five weeks. Between lessons, students practice 45 minutes to one hour, four times per week.


Speed-Reading Techniques:
You will master several eye-tracking techniques for reading words more rapidly, and, you will learn to apply these techniques successfully to a wide variety of reading materials. As you learn to read more smoothly and quickly, you will be able to focus more clearly on the meaning and content of what you read.

Comprehension Training and Study Strategies:
You will learn a step-by-step procedure that will dramatically improve your ability to understand and retain information in a wide variety of materials, including non-fiction books, journal articles, textbooks, manuals, and pleasure reading. First, you will learn to develop an overview of the material presented. This overview includes an understanding of the author's background, the subject matter, and the author's purpose. Second, you will learn to relate the author's purpose to the book's structure or organization. These procedures enforce an active reading style, and result in more thorough, critical comprehension and better long-term retention.

Students learn Greek and Latin roots that hold the key to developing a larger vocabulary. Using our engaging Word Power vocabulary workbook, students master hundreds of new words. More importantly, they adopt habits necessary for continued vocabulary development.

You will receive a Student Manual which contains in-class exercises, homework activities for each week of the course, and a detailed set of notes describing all skills and activities taught in the program.

See sample pages from the Student Manual (PDF document).

You will also receive a Word Power vocabulary workbook, which uses engaging exercises to help you master hundreds of new words.

See sample pages from Word Power (PDF document).

Lifetime Repeat Privilege
As a participant in the adult speed reading program, you will receive Lifetime Repeat Privileges entitling you to return, at any time for free, to receive instruction in the specific skills and strategies best suited to the material you are reading.

Tuition is $299.

*Average speed and comprehension gains, based upon Nelson-Denny and CTBS standardized test results.

Registration & Information
For more information or to register, call one of our Program Directors at 1-800-964-8888, 7 am - 9 pm Monday-Friday, 7 am - 6 pm Saturday, 8 am - 6 pm Sunday.

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