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  • Tens of thousands of students have completed the live Effective Reading Course since 1984. After more than five years of development, the entire course is now available online.
  • There are four classes, each with three lessons. All you need is a high speed internet connection on your laptop or desktop. There are no scheduled classes to attend. The scheduling is easy and flexible.
  • Each lesson is like sitting down for a 1-on-1 tutoring session with an instructor who has been teaching the course since 1995.
  • The content is delivered through any web browser with audio, video, slides, and pictures. 
  • The course is not just an information dump, but is designed to teach you specific skills, strategies and tactics to improve your ability to read, understand, and remember information.

    Click the link below for a brief video that shows you how the program is structured and set up once you enroll.

    Each lesson is interactive, filled with demonstrations and examples, activities, exercises, and interactive notes for you to print and fill out.
  • During the class lessons, you will use a combination of our reading material and your own books.
  • In between lessons, 100% of the practice is in your own material. We suggest taking a week between each class in order to fully integrate what you have learned.
  • Each lesson is divided into two sections that on average, take about 50-60 minutes to complete. There is a short break in between each section. Some lessons are shorter and one lesson is 90 minutes.
  • Each lesson has review questions to help you learn the material.
  • You will be guided through the entire program step by step.
  • Email and phone support with an actual instructor is available.


  1. The online course works best for self-motivated students who will complete the lessons on their own and have the discipline to practice the skills in their own materials.

  2. This course is designed for post-graduate, college, and college-bound high school students. Junior high school students have also successfully completed the program.

    A baseline 7th grade reading ability is required.

  3. While the program is designed for students who are fluent in English, many ESL students have achieved success with this program.

  4. Students with Dyslexia, ADD, and ADHD have done very well with this program.

  5. Students with a positive attitude, who make A's and B's do very well with this program

  6. Students who make C's and D's can greatly benefit from this course, but must have the discipline and motivation to complete the program.

  7. You will need external speakers or headphones, and access to a printer to print out the materials. No materials will be shipped.

  8. You will need your own books (textbooks or non-fiction and fiction) for practice during and between lessons.

    If you have any questions as to whether or not this course is a good fit for you, email or call John.

Course Syllabus

Class One

Lesson One
  • Measure your baseline reading speed and comprehension in standardized material and your reading speed in two other kinds of material, including a book of your choice.
Lesson Two
  • How to create success with the course
  • Set your own goals for improvement
  • 6 traits of effective readers
  • The truth about using your fingers to read
  • How to increase your reading speed with comprehension
  • Find and using your natural focus
  • 3 things to do with the book to increase your reading speed
  • The best and worst places to read for comprehension and retention
  • 4 additional exercises to increase your reading speed
  • Learn the 6-step Reading Strategy: a multi-layered approach to reading that
    improves your speed, focus, comprehension, and retention.
Lesson Three
  • 5 things to do with a book before you read it to boost your comprehension
  • An advanced skill for becoming familiar with the text before you read (some students will practice this skill enough to read between 1,000 - 5,000 words per minute with fair to good comprehension)
  • How regular notes waste your time and work against your brain
  • Three keys to make brain-friendly notes that will virtually guarantee that you pass the test
  • 16 examples of brain-friendly notes from students who have completed the course
  • 6 common mistakes that students make with brain friendly notes and how to avoid them

Class Two

Lesson One
  • Common questions and concerns
  • The relationship between comprehension and speed
  • Steps to mastering effective rapid reading
  • The relationship between results and learning
  • The journey to mastery - what to do if you get stuck
  • 3 new advanced methods for increasing your reading speed
Lesson Two
  • 4 concepts that make it possible to read over 400 words per minute
  • Prove to yourself that comprehension is possible at 400 - 800 words per minute
  • Read an entire short story at 700+ words per minute - with comprehension
Lesson Three
  • Additional method for increasing your reading speed
  • 8 keys to improve your notes
  • 8 additional examples of brain-friendly notes - what works and what doesn't

Class Three

Lesson One
  • How to customize your reading method for
    increased speed, comfort, and comprehension
  • Why highlighting and underlining are two of the worst study methods
    and what to do instead
  • How to know exactly what to put into your notes after you finish reading
  • Four old reading habits and how they change as you practice
    effective rapid reading methods
Lesson Two
  • The balance of comprehension and retention
  • 6 keys for improving your comprehension
  • Using text structure to improve comprehension
  • Understanding how paragraphs are organized
  • 7 types of direction words the author uses to improve your comprehension
  • How to identify main ideas and details
  • How to break down a text to improve comprehension
Lesson Three
  • 5 keys to making notes from a live lecture or class
  • How to make concise notes from professors who skip around or go off on tangents
  • Convert your old, lengthy, boring, hard-to-study lecture notes into
    super concise brain-friendly notes that will virtually guarantee an A on the test

Class Four

Lesson One
  • 11 strategies for making A's on tests
  • 6 tips to handle mild or moderate test anxiety
Lesson Two
  • Evaluation in standardized reading material to measure your improvement
  • 9 tips to cut your study time, raise your grades,
    and make learning easier and more enjoyable
Lesson Three
  • 5 steps to better recall
  • How sleep affects your learning
  • 3 tips for getting better sleep
  • How to stop falling asleep in lecture
  • The secret of power naps
  • What to drink for optimal focus and concentration
  • 7 things you must avoid eating when you read or study
  • 16 tips on what and how to eat to improve your focus, concentration, and grades
  • Twelve foods that may be impairing your ability to think clearly and what to do about it


Click here to download a pdf file which has 36 written evaluations from students across the U.S. who have completed the course.


There are two options to enroll in the course. Click here for the details and tuition.

Money-Back Guarantee

More than 98% of the students who complete the program are happy with their results.
Complete the entire program within 30 days. Practice the exercises, fill out the interactive notes,
and use all of the skills for school or work. If you are taking the course while not enrolled in school,
use all the skills in reading material of your choice. Call or email one a certified instructor
if you have questions or need help.

If you do not at least double your reading speed with comprehension (as measured in standardized pre and post-tests, just email a copy of your completed notes and practice records to show us that you completed the program,
we will refund 100% of your tuition.

For best results, the program should be completed within 30 days. However, you will have access to the program for an additional 30 days (60 days total) to give you a chance to review the material as needed.


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