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Power Reading Course Book with Audio Countdown Timing CD: The Best, Fastest, Easiest, Most Effective Course on Speedreading and Comprehension Ever Developed! Paperback – January 1, 2002

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"I am extremely pleased with the results. I enthusiastically recommend 'POWER READING' to any teacher or student." -- Dr. Joachim Vogeler, Professor, Louisiana State University, November 6, 2000

"I really enjoyed POWER READING. It improved my comprehension and speed immensely and helped with my classes and grades." -- D. Kawasawa, Student

"This course definitely works. I have significantly increased my reading speed and comprehension. In addition, my concentration has improved." -- A. Satello, M.D.

"This increase in my comprehension is as important to me as the increase in my reading speed. Definitely recommend it." -- J. Morabe, Executive

"This is simply the best book I've ever read on speed-reading! It's really, really good." -- Klaus Dahl, Internet Product Developer, September 3, 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the past twenty years alone, more discoveries have been made and more information has been published than in all of mankind's history up to this point. How can the average person keep up with this explosion of information? What is to happen to students, parents and everyone else who need to stay ahead of this changing world?

These are the people for whom this book is written.

Power Reading is actually a course in book format. It is a distillation of years of teaching and research. It contains the techniques evolved through teaching thousands of people how to become more powerful, more effective readers.

Power Reading is different from all of the reading programs that came before it. Over the years since it came out, other programs have tried to borrow some of the techniques and terms and even the title of this course, but you will find nothing else really compares with Power Reading.

During this course we'll cover many basic areas in a simple, straightforward survey approach. You will learn not only how, but why you do each step in changing your reading styles. Later you will be asked to use the bibliography and read other books and articles about this subject. Power Reading encourages you to come to your own conclusions and opinions in this as well as every other field.

By the end of this 30-day program you will find it easier to sit down to read and research an area. You will learn how to cover a large amount of material and cull it until you have isolated the essentials and pinpointed the crux of the issues.

You'll be able to read easily in many types of material and will be comfortable with varying your speed to obtain the comprehension and enjoyment you desire. No longer will you be limited to just a single reading rate as most readers are; the basic rate at which you read everything will increase and your comprehension should improve.

Thousands of people have already successfully completed the Power Reading course and acquired its advanced speedreading, studying and note taking, test taking, technical reading and comprehension skills.

We look forward to you and your family joining this unique group and becoming the most powerful readers in the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Education Pr; Book & CD edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960170642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960170647
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,094,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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595 of 608 people found the following review helpful By Trent Ogren on November 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
First of all, this book did help me read faster. I have always been a fairly slow reader but now I am able to control my speed more easily. However, everything I learned from this book could have been summed up in two instructions:

1. Always use your finger or the end of a pen to guide your eyes by pointing it under the words you are reading. (This really helps to make you conscious of the speed at which you are reading, which is surprisingly important.)

2. Every day, read something you chose for 10 minutes at your normal speed and mark where you started and finished. Then try reading that exact same passage in 5 minutes. (This will help you get used to reading faster than you would normally be comfortable with.)

That's it! That's all you need to know. If you buy this book, you will get those two VERY useful pieces of instruction along with 192 pages of poorly written fluff and common knowledge.

An example of fluff: all of Chapter 8 is devoted to telling the reader that he/she can use a pen or a pencil to guide his/her reading instead of his/her finger. Instead of spending one sentence telling the reader this, HE USES AN ENTIRE CHAPTER. How could he fill up an entire chapter about this? Good question. He uses sentences like these to fill up this useless chapter: "I prefer to use a ballpoint pen or a mechanical pencil with the tip retracted. You don't want to mark up your book needlessly or carelessly: they're much too valuable." Despite it being obvious that you don't want to draw on your book when you're using your pen to guide your eyes along the text, he feels the need to reiterate three paragraphs later: "Remember, don't mark up the material, because it can make later reading difficult for you or someone else."

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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great course in a book - I wish I had taken it while in school. My reading and studying would have gone much faster and better.
It was so easy, it only took a few weeks, and now I'm reading more than twice as fast with better comprehension in pleasure and technical material.
It was important to me that the author covered the entire field of reading from increasing comprehension to speedreading, from history to perception, and from fiction and religious reading to technical reading and study and test-taking methods. This information allowed me to see not only why I was reading the way I was, but gave me the motivation to improve my reading speed and more important, my comprehension.
Also, Rick the author, tells you about the techniques used in many other methods, and how and why over the years he evolved and uses the natural, simple approach he does. He starts you with comprehension first, and then gradually increases your speed. I really like Rick's approach, which is having me practice in my own materials and then encouraging me to go out and learn more about reading and speedreading. Plus, Rick cites many other authors and books and he gave me all the resources - he made it very easy since he included a full bibliography and index. This course is very complete!
I highly recommend this book, Power Reading, to everyone if you want to speedread and remember more.
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144 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Joachim Vogeler, Professor, Louisiana State University on March 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am extremely pleased with the results I got from this reading course.
When I began the course, my goals were in terms of
1) Comprehension: to maintain or slightly improve the level of my comprehension,
2) Speed: to double my speed while maintaining the level of my comprehension,
3) Other: to be able to comprehend a vast variety of technical or arcane materials.
During the mid-course exam, I was reading 125% faster.
As I finished the course, I felt comfortable not only with the absolute increase but also with the now excellent level of my comprehension.
The most striking thing about this course, I think, is the recognition that one can read - or one can read more effectively. I could compare it to brushing your teeth: everyone does it, somewhat at least, but some people know how to clean their teeth more effectively than others.
This reading course has given me both the understanding of the mechanisms as well as the tools (the use of the regulator, for example) to determine at which level of speed and comprehension I chose to read.
Power Reading is well organized, easy to read. Having been in the educational business for quite some time, it amazes me how little emphasis educators put on a basic skill such as reading.
But this will change, of course, since I will implement Power Reading in my teaching. I will not rely on elementary school teachers to improve students' reading skills, or hope that some Freshmen English instructor picks up the slack. This semester, I teach a course on "Women in Antiquity" in which each student has to read and review one scholarly book. Before the end of this semester, I will have incorporated Power Reading in my teaching so that my students become power readers who have a choice at which speed or comprehension level they read.
I enthusiastically recommend Power Reading to any teacher or student.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dissipate on January 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought Power Reading by mistake at the bookstore - meant to get Peter Kump's Break-through Rapid Reading instead - and only had time to return it 5 days later. During the 5 days, I read Chapter 1 and browsed through the rest of the book.

Power Reading is to be done over 4 weeks. There are 4 chapters in the book - one for each week. It covers the same speed reading fundamentals every other speed reading book covers: regulation with a finger, having a purpose, how to approach different materials, high-speed techniques.

What I didn't like about Power Reading is that there wasn't much of anything in there. It talks about things like concentration and comprehension, reading purpose, note taking etc, but only skims the surface. I wanted to know why I should be doing the things it recommends and how they would help, but the explanations in there weren't sufficient to satisfy my curiosity and give me a reason to keep the book.

I returned Power Reading 5 days later, exchanging it for Peter Kump's book. Absolutely no regrets. Comprehension and recall/retention of material are very important to me. Having these while reading at tremendous speeds is a true sign of speed reader. Power Reading barely covered these topics, but Break-through Rapid Reading talks a lot about them and gives you drills to improve both.

If you are a beginner, get Peter Kump's book instead. If you are at an intermediate or advanced level, get Peter Kump's book instead. As there isn't any new information in Power Reading and you can finish reading it in a day, you can save yourself some money by borrowing it from the library instead.
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