Speed Reader by SuperKids Educational software
is our third choice. This
is the second best software deal for those
who want to learn speed reading without
spending much money. Many believe that
a lower price means lower quality, but
that theory doesn’t hold true in
this case. Ultimate SPeed Reader simply
uses an older, yet still powerful, software
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Ease of Use:
This product is simple to use and easy to navigate. (Though not quite as simple
as Speed Reader-X or EyeQ.)
This software looks a bit dated and feels limited but covers the basics. Unfortunately
it seems a bit behind the times when compared to our top two choices.
Ease of Installation:
Installation took a couple of tries. We received a missing file error and had
to re-install. The software is only available on CD which looks like a home
made burn. Once it completed we received a windows warning message every time
the software started. The software did function but the errors were annoying.
There is no telephone support. When we emailed asking a simple support question
we did not receive a reply witin 48 hours(or at all).
Ultimate Speed Reader covers the basics but that is all. Nothing extra although
it does cover the basic training routines well. The software teaches eye movement
using the standard cursor movement methods.
Ultimate Speed Reader is an effective teaching tool because the software covers
the basics and gives you the chance to practice. Practice is the most important
part of learning speed reading techniques.
The Ultimate Speed Reader method encourages the user to increase reading speed
in a variety of ways. A typical training session lasts about 30 minutes, and
begins with 'Reading Warm-Ups,' which are essentially limbering drills for
the eyes and brain. Moving on, the user strengthens 'Eye Movement' skills by
following along with highlighted text that tracks at targeted speeds, as does
the 'Newspaper Reading' section which features columnar text. I liked the newspaper
section, it really seemed useful. 'Paced Reading' includes longer reading passages
at a preset pace, and 'Timed Reading' offers timed sessions so the user can
monitor his or her progress. Having worked through these arduous reading tasks
the user is rewarded with the 'Eye Max Game', in which s/he matches a central
figure to its twin among four peripheral figures. The figures flash at ever
increasing speeds, moving farther from center with each challenge level.
This program is clearly aimed at older
users. The text used for practice sessions
is far too sophisticated for kids younger
than middle school. Even I found it difficult
The games and drills were a balance between
boring and pointless. After practicing
several minutes I was fatigued and unsure
if I was getting anything from the exercises
other than a headache. The software also
gives tests on the material to test comprehension.
After using other products this one seemed
basic. The tests were pointless because,
as I learned from other products, speed
comes first, comprehension later. They
are testing based on something that you
have not actually learned yet.
Some of the information about speed reading
was questionable and in conflict with other