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Rev It Up Reading – Teens, $199 ($149 if you sign up for their e-mails)

Read Smarter, Faster and Just Plain Better!

Rev It Up Reading is an online speed reading course that helps you read faster and comprehend better. It’s available online and on demand 24/7–making it easy for homeschoolers to take the course and finish it at their convenience.

Abby Marks Beale, the woman behind RevItUpReading is a speed reading expert. She has written two books on the subject, 10 Days to Faster Reading and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Speed Reading. She is also the author of a high school level study skills book, Success Skills – Strategies for Study and Life Long Learning. A downloadable ebook of 10 Days to Faster Reading is included with the purchase of the course, as are numerous free speed reading resources–downloadable tips, free podcasts and teleconferences. In addition, students can e-mail Ms. Beale with questions at any time. Rev It Up Reading certainly provides a great deal of information and comes with exceptional support!

Who might benefit from this information and support? Just about anyone/everyone! This includes students, those that have little time, and need to read a lot (again, students!), individuals that tend to daydream when they read (your student?), and anyone who would like to read faster– including the parents of homeschoolers!

The course consists of nine, half-hour modules that can be started and stopped as needed. Adding in the timed reading exercises and other practice opportunities, students can expect anywhere from five to seven hours to complete the entire online speed reading program. During this time, the program requires mono focusing–a distraction-free environment. Ms. Beale recommends that other competing devices (cell phones, television etc.) be turned off.

Each of the nine modules teaches different skills and techniques, and include–

 

  • Module 1: Getting Started
  • Module 2: Working with Your Eye and Brain
  • Module 3: Reducing the Talking
  • Module 4: Expanding Your Peripheral Vision
  • Module 5: Securing Comprehension
  • Module 6: Using your Reading Stick-Shift
  • Module 7: Organizing Your Reading
  • Module 8: Finding Information Quickly
  • Module 9: Keeping Your Keepers

 

The modules are easy to follow and contain 17 timed reading exercises and a self-evaluation of habits assessment. The speed is measured in words per minute, and comprehension is measured by percentages and is estimated.

By going through the modules, students learn how to–

 

  • Double, perhaps even triple, their current reading speed
  • Understand and remember more the first time they read a text
  • Concentrate better with less distractions
  • Remember more of what they read
  • Take effective notes from non-fiction reading material
  • Complete standardized reading tests with good results
  • Feel competent reading on-screen while printing less
  • Save time by reading more in less time
  • Get better grades
  • Feel more confident about their reading abilities
  • Enjoy reading more

After a student completes the course, and takes the Rev It Up Reading online survey, Abby sends eight follow-up emails (one per week for two months) designed to refresh the student’s memory and remind the student of some of the more important aspects of the course. Again–exceptional support.

In addition to follow up, the program is 100% Money Back Guaranteed. If an individual is not completely satisfied with the results for any reason, s/he can receive a full refund.

Learning to read smarter, faster and better, with great support and a 100% guarantee–what more could you want?