When I started in chapter1, my reading speed was 165. By the time the course ended I was up to 642. While this may not seem very high for other students, it was quite an accomplishment for me, being that English is my second language. I will continue practicing and will get faster. I really liked this course, and will recommend it to my friends."
I am an avid reader. Thanks to this course I more than doubled my reading speed and increased my comprehension. I will continue to practice the skills I learned in this course. Thank you."
I enjoyed this course, but it is not over! I plan to continue to practice the techniques that have been taught."
I found this course to be extremely useful and valuable and would highly recommend it. I very much enjoyed learning and found all the information very easy to understand, informative, and useful."
I really enjoyed the course. My reading time doubled and my comprehension varied between 80 and 100 percent."
My reading rate more than doubled. I will be using the skills I learned in this class to further my reading rate. An extremely helpful course."
Thanks for a very useful course! I had my doubts just how helpful it would be since I didn't understand how comprehension could be preserved with a gain in speed. However, my doubts were unfounded...I actually more than tripled my speed and with practice improved my comprehension too. Thanks again."
This course was excellent and allowed me to drastically increase my reading rate. I have not one negative comment about this course. Everything was superb."
This course was excellent for me. I only wish I had taken this course while I was in college. However, as a professional in the health care field, the skill of speed reading will help me keep abreast of new research and literature to the level I can be proud of. Thank you so much Dr. Merrill"
Course Code: msr
On the first day of class, you will read a story to evaluate your present reading rate. You will learn how many words per minute you read now. Then you will compare that number to the percentage of the reading material you actually comprehend. Then you will complete and eye-span exercise. You will also practice some basic reading eye movements and learn how they are important to the speed-reading process. You will take a reading rate and comprehension test that will give you a baseline to use to chart your speed-reading progress.
In this lesson, you will discover how and why you should continue doing the Regulated Reading, Timed Reading, and Assignment exercises to gain increased reading rates with good reading comprehension. You will practice reading some stories that are formatted to improve your speed. Then you will examine the retinal image phenomena and how it relates to a speed-reader’s eye movements.
In this lesson you will learn about eight bad reading habits that contribute to slow reading and you will explore how to overcome them. Then you will discover 16 good speed-reading practices you can apply to this course and any other reading you do outside of class.
In this lesson you will learn skills you will need to work on to improve your comprehension. You will find out what keys and identified parts are unique to all storied, and know those will help you improve your comprehension. Then you will practice speed-reading skills and techniques in real-world reading materials. You will learn a method you can use to measure your speed reading rates.
In this lesson you will analyze your personal reading style. At this point, you will compare your current scores with the scores you recorded at the beginning of the course. Then you will discover eight word recognition vocabulary skills that you can work into your personal speed-reading style. You will learn how context clues and literal and inferential meanings in stories influence comprehension.
In the final lesson, you will examine your behavior patterns to discover which ones are the most useful in your own speed-reading style. You will discover how the time you put in and the effort you expend affect your speed-reading progress. Then you will look at your personal speed-reading accomplishments. You will learn to adjust your personal speed-reading style to any materials you read.
Merrill L. Ream, Ph.D. has taught his speed reading techniques to thousands of students in high schools, adult schools, colleges, universities, and the U.S. Navy. Dr. Ream's published works include a university textbook entitled "The Merrill Ream 10-Lesson Speed Reading Course." He is the assistant editor of "Action Era Vehicle" magazine, and also served as associate director of the Center For Economic Education at San Diego State University.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.