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Proven Secrets to Success with the Help of 7 Speed Reading™





Speed reading is an essential skill in the information-centered societies we all live in. Without sound reading skills, it’s hard to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of new information you’re process and use on a daily basis.

Today, success is not as much defined by who you know but by how much you know. Those people who can stay ahead of the information game are the ones with the most influence over others. To know more is to be capable of more, and each piece of new information helps you to move on to learn another piece.

Speed reading helps you handle this torrent of information, and 7 Speed Reading™ uses cutting-edge technology to offer essential features that make learning to speed read an easy process.

Developed by experts in the science of speed reading

With 7 Speed Reading™ you get to learn from the very best. The software has been developed based on the knowledge and expertise of professionals in the theory and practice of speed reading, and the dedication of the development team ensures the software meets or exceeds industry standards.

To confirm this level of quality, eReflect guarantees the results. Using feedback and test results, the company confirms that users can expect to be able to read up to 3.4 times faster than their current average speed.

Removes bad reading habits before teaching positive ones

One of the reasons that this reading speed improvement software is so successful is because it starts out by helping the user eliminate all bad reading habits before educating them on the best ways to boost reading pace.

Counterproductive habits such as subvocalization, regression, limited eye fixation, compromised information processing, and comprehension lag are all corrected to ensure both a substantial boost in reading speed and an improved ability to read and retain information.

All-inclusive approach to speed reading efficiency

The structured design and comprehensive guided training material ensure that your speed reading efficiency covers all major domains: reading speed, reading comprehension, and memory acuity. Unlike other programs that cover only one or two of these areas, 7 Speed Reading™ uses an integrated approach for better, sustainable results.

Step-by-step support through video tutorials

Learning to speed read can be a lonesome and even frightening process, especially for people who have had difficulty reading in the past. This fear is addressed and eliminated in the software by giving full support through personal help and the many video tutorials that make sure the user achieves great reading speed while sustaining their comprehension levels at 94% to 98%.

The comprehensive approach to speed reading, the emphasis on eliminating bad habits before learning good ones, and the personal tutor giving the user step-by-step instructions are all aspects of the software that virtually guarantee a one-to-one learning efficiency curve for the user. The innovative combination of all these factors help the user learn to read up to more than three times faster than their current pace, and therefore enjoy the benefits of speed reading. Anyone wanting to save time and stay ahead of the competition will benefit from using this software.


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7 Speed Reading: The #1 Speed Reading Software For 2015





The 2015 release of 7 Speed Reading™ comes packed with new features and advanced tools.

For one thing, the program is entirely cloud-based. That means instant access anywhere, anytime. Group learning and social media sharing are among its most notable enhancements, and people already love the new interactivity built into the program. But don’t take our word for it.

Prestigious organizations and educational technology (or “Ed Tech”) reviewers are already voicing their opinions about the software, and words of praise abound.

Speed Reading Lounge highlights its user-friendliness and high-tech edge

Mark Ways, founder of Speed Reading Lounge, used an in-depth review of 7 Speed Reading™ to explain why the program is one of a kind. He mentions the fact that the program is on the cloud, with newly-enabled social media sharing, and points out that the program offers 7 different expert-designed strategies for improving your speed reading techniques. Ways creates an argument that’s hard to refute, and vouches for 7 Speed Reading™ software’s superiority.

As Ways explains in his review,

“7 Speed Reading is recommended by thousands of students and professionals who have tried and tested it. The quality of videos and exercises makes it an effective guiding tool, making it superior to its competitors. It is beneficial for anyone at any age.”

Typing Lounge describes it as “excellent”, “user-friendly”, and “unique”

The experts at Typing Lounge offer a comprehensive review of the program’s features, also mentioning the 7 learning approaches, and focusing on the range of activities. A sneak peek into the program’s 2015 enhancements is also part of this review. In the Typing Lounge review, you’ll get a good idea of what it’s like to test drive the program. The review notes that “7 Speed Reading is an excellent way for anyone to start increasing their reading speed today. It’s suitable for all ages and professions or motivations. If you like to read more effectively this tutor is ready to teach you how.”

Editor’s Choice for 2015 for Top Ten Reviews

Top Ten Reviews, another well-known organization, has published its latest speed reading software rankings with 7 Speed Reading™ topping the charts. Out of 12 speed reading applications and software evaluated, 7 Speed Reading™ stood out for the reviewers with its unique combination of features, user-friendliness, and unparalleled efficiency to teach people how to speed read in little time.

With an overall rating of 9.95, 7 Speed Reading™ left the Ace Reader and Reader’s Edge software far behind.  According to the Top Ten Reviews editor, 7 Speed Reading™ merits its top-quality rating because “[it] boasts comprehensive guided lessons, unlimited user accounts and a selection of more than 600 classic and current eBooks to use while you train.”

New Year, new possibilities

The 2015 version of 7 Speed Reading™ is the most complete and advanced release of the program yet, eReflect explains. Its cloud technology, social media integration, and unparalleled user-friendliness are some of its winning features. Why not give it a try?


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7 Speed Reading: The #1 Speed Reading Software For 2015

Conclusion: The Self-Experiment of Max from The Crab and The Medicine Part 2





Finally! Max of The Crab & The Medicine gave his verdict for using 7 Speed Reading Software in an experiment.

Read his 7 speed reading review below.

Some time ago I posted about the start of my software-based speed-reading experiment. Now, after several weeks of training, I can tell you how it was an my impressions, thoughts and feelings. But let’s start from the beginning.

The tool: 7 Speed Reading

I already wrote in my previous post, that after some research I decided to buy the product with the best reviews: 7 Speed Reading from eReflect. I bought the software, requested an additional license key to install it on a second machine, which I was promptly granted, and started my training.

Step-By-Step Success

This is how the basic 10 day training programm of 7 Speed Reading is called. The goal it aims to is to triple your reading speed. When I started the training I was not a complete novice (you may know it if you have read my previous posts about speed reading), had already tried some techniques and proceeded with my training after having read Phil Chambers’ (and meanwhile even Tony Buzan’s) book.

Due to the fact that I already had reached an acceptable average speed of around 500 WPM, I did not expect to triple my speed within 10 days. In fact, this was not the case. Nevertheless, after the 10 day training program, my speed improved up to an average of 620 WPM, with a reading comprehension above 80%. Based on this data, I can say that for me the program worked. It’s far from the promised results, but as I said, I was no novice and started from an already high reading speed.

Faster Speed Reading: Skill comes with practice

After the “Triple your reading speed” 10 day program, I continued practising speed reading with 7 Speed Reading. In the first few weeks I practised every day, then I reduced my training to 3 times a week for about 20 minutes per session.
Now, several weeks later, my reading speed has reached about 700 WPM, maintaining a 80% comprehension level; see the graph below for more details.

The importance of your vocabulary

I started my speed reading training using English texts, but later on used German and Italian (which are my native languages), too. I thought that my reading speed would be about the same in all languages, but this was not the fact. My reading speed in German and Italian was about the same, but 200 WPM higher than my reading speed in English. Although I’m used to reading in English, the main difference lies in the vocabulary: my vocabulary of German and Italian is much richer than English. Therewith, I can confirm what many speed reading books and articles claim: enriching your vocabulary for sure helps to increase your reading speed.

The following chart displays how my reading speed increased during the software based training.

Speed and Comprehension with Software

Conclusion

The software training definitely helped to increase my reading speed beyond what I already had achieved. What does this mean? Is it necessary to use a software in order to reach certain results, or does it depend on other factors?

Based on what I experienced, these are my conclusions:

- If you are new to speed reading, you can improve your reading speed quite a lot just by learning to apply its basic principles
- If you want to go even further, you need to practice regularly for a longer period
- You can practice without software, e.g. by using a guide and a metronome, but for me, using a software tool helped a lot. It focusses on the various aspects you need to improve (field expansion, pace training, avoiding regression, etc.) and makes the process itself easier
After various months of speed reading, I’d like to add the following:

Speed reading works, but not everybody will be able to reach the same improvements, and beyond a certain limit, comprehension will drop and the additional speed increase is useless. Hope to see you soon for my next self-experiment!

Max

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The Self-Experiment: What Speed Reading Software To Use?





Browsing the internet… the 7 Speed Reading Team bumped into a very interesting website about speed reading software experiment.

Here is The Crab & The Medicine Owner, Max, criteria on what speed reading software is best to use when you are planning to learn how to speed read.

In the last post of my first speed-reading self-experiment, I already anticipated that I would perform one more speed-reading experiment using a dedicated software for a longer period of time. This is the first post dedicated to it.

First of all, I needed to find an appropriate software tool. Not having any idea which products exist for this purpose, I perfomed an online research. First, I looked for the most easy to find speed-reading software tools. Then I started searching for tests and reviews of these products.

I didn’t find that many reviews, but based on what I found I decided that “7 Speed Reading” from eReflect would be my tool of choice. I read some more info on the website and decided to buy the product. It’s not exactly for free, but $ 79.95 seemed an acceptable price for a professional product.

I installed the software on my PC and started with the first exercises. The software provides a lot of additional information, as well as exercises for warming up and relaxing the eyes. My first impressions are very good.

The regular training with this tool will be started after my summer holidays, in order to avoid longer interruptions and be able to measure the effects regularly. Therefore, for the next month there won’t be any update regarding this issue. But this does not mean that there will be no update at all. During the last month I started another self-experiment I will write about shortly:

Foreign language learning using memory-techniques!

Please post your ideas and requests for future self-experiments!

Hope to see you soon!

Best regards,
Max

Thank you Max for this write up!

Find out Max’s performance in the next blog…

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The Self-Experiment: What Speed Reading Software To Use?

Sharon Hennessy Has Something To Say for Our Spreeder Speed Reading Application





For reading comprehension and fluency Spreeder is an interesting web-based application. Paste any text into the reader and set the speed, font size, and begin reading. I do this in class using a classroom computer and projector, but Spreeder can be used by individuals on tablets and phones too.

According to some studies, fluent college readers read at 350 words per minute with good comprehension while average non native English speakers often read at 150 words per minute.(1) Because texts read in Spreeder support phrase reading and help students develop fluent reading, I’ve found it helpful to introduce my non-native English speaking students to this tool. They can use it to judge, control, and develop their reading speed.

In class, I put passages we had previously read in Spreeder, and ran them at different speeds so students could understand the target needed for college level reading. I asked them to find a level that was comfortable for them. Then students read unfamiliar texts at a comfortable speed and answered comprehension questions. I encouraged students to practice and set speed goals using their own texts and devices. We used Spreeder as a class about once a week and monitored changes in reading comprehension scores.

Sharon has been teaching ESOL for 26 years and EL Civics for 10. She currently teaches at Portland Community College, Southeast Campus in an 8-level intensive academic program where she is a technology early adopter. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts with TESOL Certificate from Portland State University and an MAEd in Adult Education from Oregon State University.

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What Do Harry Potter, Reading, and Brain Scans Have In Common? An Experiment With Fascinating Results





Scientists recently looked into the brain activity of people caught up in reading a page-turner, J. K. Rowling’s popular “Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.” The experiment helped measure brain activity during reading, and it is shedding light on the questions surrounding how our brains work, how they make sense of reality, and what they experience when we read.

The eight subjects that participated in the Carnegie Mellon University were reading the ninth chapter of the first Harry Potter book, one that revolves around a flying lesson.

What scientists discovered is that when the participants were reading about the movements and efforts of Harry Potter to ride his broom and fly, this activated the brain regions that people use when they try to detect and understand other people’s movements. In other words, reading and interpreting real-life events activate the same brain regions.

The flying lesson chapter the participants were asked to read was also one laden with emotions. In this chapter, Harry is confronted with the bully Malfoy and at one point meets a three-headed dog. The many events and emotions described in this chapter helped scientists extract some important conclusions from the study.

The scientists discovered that during the reading experiment, when people were reading about a person’s point of view or character, the brain region that lit up was the one associated with how people interpret other people’s actions. As the scientists explain, “Similarly, the characters in the story are associated with activation in the same brain region we use to process other people’s intentions.” Source

This reveals that what we read truly engages our brain and activates complex processes so that we can understand  what we’re reading, both in terms of language and in terms of narrative.

In other words, whether we’re reading about how a protagonist tries to decipher a person’s actions by trying to figure out what their intentions are, or whether we are trying to decipher these intentions in a person sitting next to us, the same brain regions come into play.

While previous studies focused on individual words and sentences to understand how the brain processes language, by looking at language and brain activity through the act of reading, we get a much richer overview of how the brain responds to this complex process. The reader is expected to decipher the meaning of words and put this meaning in context. The reader needs to use grammar and context clues, and at the same time keep up with how the characters develop and how the plot proceeds through the various events introduced in the narrative.

This research is a big step towards better understanding of how the brain operates and processes visual and linguistic stimuli, and how reading affects our brain. It’s not the first time that scientists have used reading as the vehicle for monitoring brain activity. Reading is a cognitively complex process that seems to hold the key to many of our brain’s mysteries — mysteries that, as yet, are still unsolved.


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eBook Reading Before Your Bedtime: How It May Affect Your Sleep





E-reading is part and parcel of nearly everyone’s life these days. You e-read while commuting, you e-read before bedtime, you e-read with your children … but could it be that e-reading is a harmful habit? In fact, it turns out that e-reading before bedtime may actually affect your sleep patterns.

A print book will often lull you to sleep before you even know it, even if it’s a fairly exciting plot. However, the same cannot be said about e-books, which have been proven to keep us up at night. This is because the screens on your tablet or e-reader have been found to affect your melatonin production.

Melatonin is the hormone your body secretes. It is responsible for the circadian rhythms of your body and their regulation. Melatonin is what signals your body that it’s time to sleep. A study by researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Lighting Research Center revealed that backlit e-readers suppress melatonin production by more than 1/5 (22%), which is why many people who have the habit of e-reading find it hard to go to sleep after a reading session.

The short-wave light emitted by tablets and other e-reading devices seems to disrupt our body’s natural sleep process by inhibiting melatonin’s function. Currently scientists are working with hardware specialists to discuss the relationship between circadian rhythms and electronic devices. The goal is to help technology designers learn from these studies and develop more sleep-friendly devices for reading aficionados.

With many people already suffering from sleep deprivation, tablets and other LCD screen devices are now being added to the already long list of reasons for such sleep disruption. Unfortunately, tablets and ereaders are not the only devices with LCD screens. Smartphones, TVs, and computer monitors also emit short-wave light and could be responsible for your inability to sleep.

For at least two hours before your bedtime, abstain from using any LCD screen device and see if your sleep improves.

As for e-book lovers, try switching to the tried and tested conventional print book reading for a change, and perhaps you will be able to get to sleep much more quickly.

While the study at the Lighting Research Center only involved 13 subjects, it does resonate with many people’s concerns that e-reading before bedtime stimulates their brains too much instead of helping put them in sleep mode. More studies will need to replicate these findings, but for the time being, experiment with no LCD-screen usage before bedtime to see if that will allow you to sleep like a baby!


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eBook Reading Before Your Bedtime: How It May Affect Your Sleep

Speed Reading Software Reviews That You Might Have Missed In 2014





It’s 2015 already, but did you keep up with last year’s software reviews on speed reading software, 7 Speed Reading™? If 2015 is the year you are planning on mastering speed reading, then you ought to read what others say about eReflect’s reading improvement program.

Top Ten Reviews gives 7 Speed Reading™ a near perfect rating, 99.5%

Top Ten Reviews, a renowned software evaluator trusted by millions of Internet users, had put eReflect’s software to the test. After rigorous assessments the editor announced that the program is a leader in its category, giving the software a 9.95/10 score.

In a detailed review of the software’s features and technologies, the Top Ten Reviews editor focuses on five aspects of the program: its reading level and exercises (9.8/10), methods and materials available (10/10), features set (10/10), reporting (10/10), and finally help and support (10/10). The reviewer, Noel Case, emphasizes that the software’s entertaining and complete approach to teaching speed reading are unrivaled.

But that was in 2014.

Top Ten Reviews rates 7 Speed Reading™ with 9.95/10 for 2015

For its 2015 rankings, Top Ten Reviews insisted on its previous stellar ratings of 7 Speed Reading™ . The verdict comes as no surprise, as the editors note, saying, “User friendly, feature rich and effective, 7 Speed Reading is the best speed-reading application on the market.”

Typing Lounge and Mark Ways acknowledge 7 Speed Reading™’s superiority

Typing Lounge is another site that thoroughly tested and evaluated 7 Speed Reading™ against other reading improvement software products. Typing Lounge and Mark Ways have found that 7 Speed Reading™ offers a unique set of features and technologies that make it stand out from its competition. The reviewer stated in his 2014 review that 7 Speed Reading™ has industry-leading status thanks to its unrivaled combination of capacities and features.

Spreeder emphasizes 7 Speed Reading™’s effectiveness

A child project of 7 Speed Reading™, Spreeder, offers a review of and in-depth look at the program. This website focused the evaluation on how the program is essential in the classroom, listing the ways it is able to help children improve their reading habits and let go of habits that sabotage their academic performance.

Spreeder asserts that speed reading helps students master reading and other reading-related assignments much faster and effortlessly, motivating them to keep improving their academic efficiency. For the latest reviews of the 7 Speed Reading™ 2015 check here.


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7 Speed Reading Declared The Best Speed Reading Software of 2015 by Speed Reading Lounge





Speed Reading Lounge proclaims 7 Speed Reading™ software by eReflect the top software for 2015. If there’s one site dedicated to the skill of speed reading that’ s Speed Reading Lounge; it helps people understand the significance of speed reading and offers them tips and how-tos on improving their reading skill so that they can learn more with less effort, and in less time.

Speed Reading Lounge recently published a detailed, comprehensive list they’ve named “Best Speed Reading Software for 2015.” 7 Speed Reading™ by eReflect topped the list with its unrivaled set of features, technologies, and benefits.

The Speed Reading Lounge top 5 list for speed reading software is as follows:

1.   7 Speed Reading™
2.   Ace Reader Lite
3.   Iris Reading
4.   Reader’s Edge
5.   EyeQ Deluxe

The Speed Reading Lounge editor used his detailed review to focuses on the fact that 7 Speed Reading™ is a popular and renowned speed reading tool. 7 Speed Reading provides a surefire way to improve reading efficiency through expert-designed lessons, activities, and interactive games that are fun to practice with. As the editor notes, this is something consumers and software editors know very well, and have known since the first release of this popular software by eReflect.

The program helps people improve their reading habits through 7 distinct reading strategies and techniques that first eliminate bad reading habits and then help the reader adopt more time-efficient and comprehension-promoting ones. The reviewer states that 7 Speed Reading™ is the go-to speed reading program, saying that it is “[r]ecommended by thousands of students and professionals who have tried and tested it. The quality of videos and exercises makes it an effective guiding tool, making it superior to its competitors. It is beneficial for anyone at any age. Family and friends can take advantage of this program as there are no limits to user accounts.”

For the Speed Reading Lounge editor, eReflect’s software is without peer. Its winning combination of features, functionality, and state-of-the-art activities and tools ensure effortless and quick improvement of anyone’s speed reading skill.


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7 Speed Reading Declared The Best Speed Reading Software of 2015 by Speed Reading Lounge

Can Books Change A Person’s View About Life?





Reading books is something that, time and time again, has been proclaimed the medium to knowledge – and thus power. The more you read, the more benefits you collect: cognitive, critical, factual, social, economic, cultural, spiritual, you name it.

What effect do books have on our lives? Could they really change how we view or think of the world? Is there really such a thing as a life-changing book?

From a scientific point of view, books have been found to actually alter the biology of your brain.

Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta looked at MRI brain scans to see how reading affects brain networks. They found that days after the participants had finished reading a novel, they were still able to exhibit high connectivity in their left temporal cortex, the brain region associated with language receptivity. In other words, reading changed how their brains react and process language.

Reading had a lasting effect on their brains’ physiology with the impact lingering on for days after reading took place.

What is more, increased activity was located in other brain regions too, namely the central sulcus brain region, the one associated with motor function.

What the researchers discovered is that the act of reading about an activity (for example, running, chopping wood, or driving) is enough to stimulate this motor activity brain area and momentarily make those brain neurons active, just as if the person reading were actually engaging in that physical activity.

Therefore, as studies show, our brains are definitely affected by what we read. From a more experiential and cognitive aspect, books are consistently changing people’s lives, mindsets, and outlooks. Any person with a favorite author or book will undoubtedly tell you the same.

A book will make you reconsider ethical values, even your religion and spirituality. A book will give you hope about humanity or confirm your long-held assumptions about the hopeless cruelty of people. A book will give you the skills to cope with a mental or physical malady, and it could give you relief, support, and encouragement while you go through a rough time in your life.

The ways a book can affect and in fact change your life are manifold, and that’s the pure magic of reading. We cannot anticipate or predict how we will react to a best-seller or how an old-time favorite will make us feel the third time we read it.

Books give us cues to follow and hint at possible solutions, they present puzzles to solve and issues to ponder. Books are enthralling windows to our psyche. They hold us by the hand while we pry into the unending space of our shared humanity.


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