When you read, do you find yourself thinking about other things? When reading rate is increased, the mind gives more attention to reading. Comprehension improves.
Although sixth grade is the time to develop faster reading, most readers are not taught to read at their optimal rate. Speed reading is about breaking a habit; replacing the old rate with a new one, by applying new strategies for improving efficiency.
There are exceptions. The most common: a person with a reading or visual perception disability cannot read faster until the disability is treated. Another exception: some people commit every detail of what they read to long-term memory; they are slow readers, with 100% comprehension, but not good candidates for speed reading.
Before beginning speed reading, a vision screening and reading pretest are administered to determine the student’s visual readiness, reading level, word-per-minute rate and comprehension. There is no charge for the screening and pretest.
The number of sessions and duration of each session is determined by the student’s learning style and commitment to reading between sessions: old habits need to be broken, and practice makes perfect! Students typically need as few as two hours of instruction to learn the basics, and continue with up to ten sessions to integrate new skills and habits.