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Merrill Ream Speed Reading

Are you struggling to keep up with a flood of email, articles, reports, and books? Save yourself hours of time and increase your productivity by learning to read faster and with better comprehension. Taught by acclaimed speed reading expert Cr. Merrill Ream, this course is a complete speed-reading experience. Topics are presented in a logical progression with plenty of time to help you master the skills and techniques you will need for lasting proficiency as a speed-reader.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting April 17 | May 15

Merrill Ream Speed Reading


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Course Code: msr

What You Will Learn
  • Learn and practice some basic eye movements important to the speed-reading process
  • Learn about Regulated Reading, Timed Reading, and Assignment exercises to gain increased reading rates with good comprehension
  • Examine the retinal image phenomena and how it relates to a speed-reader’s eye movements
  • Discover bad reading habits that contribute to slow reading and learn to overcome them
  • Learn 16 good speed reading practices you can apply to any reading you do
  • Learn skills to improve comprehension
  • Learn methods to measure your speed reading rates
  • Discover vocabulary skills that you can work into your personal speed-reading style
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Discover what bad habits you have developed that may contribute to slow reading
  • Keep up with the flood of e-mails, articles, reports, and books that you want and need to read
  • Save yourself hours of time and increase your productivity by learning to read faster and with better comprehension


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Week 1

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. 

Week 2

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.  

Week 3

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.  

Week 4

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.  

Week 5

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.  

Week 6

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.

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Instructors & Support

Merrill L. Ream

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.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

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.

What if I need an extension?

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.

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