This review turned out to be much more involved
than other reviews. Usually I knew what I was
reviewing. Who cant judge data backup software,
or how well a razor works.
They do not require much research, just testing.
Speed Reading however was out of my normal
area of experience. I had not even heard of
speed reading before. The first thing I did
was go to my library and found a book by
Evelyn Wood on speed reading. I picked up the
basics and the history from it. My web research
also indicated that speed reading may be beneficial
to children with ADD and Dyslexia however those
points were not tested in this review.
It is well beyond the scope of this review
to determine if speed reading works or which program is the best
from an educational standpoint. However, I can see the logic
in speed reading and I have setup some criteria that allows the
training software to be compared on a level playing field.
If you want to learn Speed Reading then
the software is the way to go. I tried a book from the library
first and immediately found it a major pain to time myself while
reading. Why not let the computer do the work? Itís easy to set
up on your computer, covers several teaching methods and is simple
for anyone to useónovice to experienced readers, even children.
The result of our testing was two clear
leaders and the rest lagged far behind. Some were of questionable
value and some provided flat out bad information. For the Help/Support
rating, I emailed each of the companies asking a simple question
about the software. The result was based on whether or not they
responded within 48 hours and if they answered the question when
they did respond.