Scientific Background

The Improved Reading concept was developed more than 40 years ago in Australia. Since then, the course content and methods have been continually updated and optimised to reflect the latest scientific findings.

Improved Reading has already helped more than three million people to more than double their effective reading rate. In Germany, the improvement factor is well above average at 2.7. All our customers have rated our courses as either ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ and the vast majority of them said they intended to recommend our course to other people.

Evaluation by the Free University of Berlin

At the beginning of 2002, Improved Reading joined forces with the Department of Communication History and Intercultural Journalism and the Career Service at the Free University of Berlin to offer courses that improve student reading skills.

All courses were scientifically and statistically evaluated and follow-up evaluations are made at regular intervals. The evaluation report covering the first eight courses and 86 participants is available online. The Free University of Berlin also provides more in-depth information.

The scientific evaluation of the Improved Reading courses concludes:

Analyses show that Improved Reading courses deliver improved reading skills that are measurable, significant and permanent.

The participants document their own progress during the course. It shows them the vast improvement of their reading skills on the basis of Effective Reading Rate (ERR), which unites speed and comprehension. After the courses, the participants’ effective reading rate improved by between 2.6 and 4.1 times – which means an average improvement factor of 3.4. The ERR rates of 327 to 470 per course are 3-4 times higher than the ERR of your average German citizen.

Overall, the participants rated the core elements of the course as ‘very good’ 85% of them also said that they would definitely recommend the course to other people.

A comparison of the ERR rates of people who have attended Improved Reading courses and people who haven’t is extremely important when evaluating the course. This comparison shows that course participants can read German language texts of various comprehension levels between 1.5 and 2.0 times more efficiently.

Study by Newcastle-upon-Tyne University

At the end of the 1990s, Newcastle-upon-Tyne University in the UK conducted a study to evaluate our course. First of all, it compared the participants’ effective reading rate before and after the course.

Then, in a follow-up study nine months later, it measured the participants’ effective reading rates again. Even nine months after the course their effective reading rate was 2.5 times higher than before the course.

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