Testimonials

Letters from parents

What educators have said about this program


Quotes from students about the course


Quotes from professionals

Letters Received From Parents

"I just wanted to thank you for the help you've given my daughter.  She really enjoyed your class, which is amazing in itself to me that you could keep those girls' attention for two and a half hours :)  She feels like her skills have improved which makes her feel better about herself as a student.  Thanks again for making this a positive experience for her."
 - Dr. Lynn B.

 "Hi John, I want to let you know that [my son] John passed his reading test at Culver with flying colors: 695 wpm with 95% comprehension.  He was very pleased."   
- Rebecca K., Attorney

“Enjoyed your class.  I am watching less TV and reading more.  My son, a 5th grader, who also took your class claims he can read faster than his mommy now!”
- Uma Rao, M.D.

What Educators Have Said About This Program

"The Eanes students who took your class showed impressive increases in the area of speed, comprehension, and memory.  I highly recommend this program to all students to improve their. . .overall academic performance."
- Richard Dyer, Director, Community Education, Eanes Independent School District

“Fantastic, John!  I feel more confident about strategies for teaching students to read more efficiently.  I am so energized and excited.  When I came to this conference I had a headache and felt so stressed – quite frankly I felt burned out!  I am now rejuvenated and your class was the topping!!!  I could just fly out of here!  You are a dramatic teacher who inspires to greatness!! I’d love to have you for my teacher on a daily basis!!  What a gift you have to be able to energize and fire up students! I’m going to try your methods!”
- Sally M. Rodgers, 4th Grade Teacher, Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES) Annual Conference

"Dear John, I wanted to write you and let you know how pleased we were with your work this last month at All Saints School.  Your reading seminar was well received and I’m sure will benefit our 5th – 9th graders their entire lives.”
- Dana F. Beane, Ed.D., Headmaster, All Saints Episcopal School, Lubbock, Texas

"We have enjoyed working with you and we are seeing improvement in our students’ reading abilities.”
- Glenn A. Davis, Ph.D., Division Head of Middle School and Junior High, All Saints Episcopal School, Lubbock, Texas

"I recommend that this program be implemented to all schools."
Kenneth A. Dolberry, English Teacher, 6th and 7th grades, All Saints Episcopal School, Lubbock, Texas

"If practiced these strategies can really improve performance.  My speed increased from 303 words per minute with 55% comprehension to 1009 words per minute with 80% comprehension. John, where were you when I was in school?!"
- Neva Ann Medcalf, Professor, Director of the Graduate Reading Program, St. Mary's University

"This course was most beneficial to me.  It should be offered at elementary, junior high, and high school levels."
Becky Richter, Teacher, Eanes ISD 

What Students Have Said About The Course and Their Achievements

Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

"I had a blast!"
- Rachel F., 9th grade

"This is an awesome class."
- Annie B., 6th grade

"I can concentrate and remember more while reading.  I liked the speed reading the best.  This is a good course that helps in many ways. I would tell students who are thinking about this course to take it."
- William B, 9th grade

"This course is definitely worth the time."
- Tommy B., 9th grade

"This was a great learning experience."
- Christina P., 8th grade

"This course was very effective and helped me a lot!"
- Elizabeth B, 7th grade

"This course increases your strength in reading.  My reading speed increased from 215 to 664 words per minute and my comprehension went from 60% to 90%."
- Steffan S., 8th grade

"This course is fun, very effective, and will help me tremendously in school."
- Sarah P. 8th grade

"My reading speed went from 290 words per minute with 80% comprehension to 1,060 words per minute with 95% comprehension."
- Ashley B., 8th grade

"I went from 290 words per minute to 1,060 with 90% comprehension."
- Sarah L., 8th grade

"This course was fun! My grades and tests have improved.  My reading speed went from 369 words per minute to 1,211 words per minute with 85% comprehension."
- Luke, 5th grade

"My greatest success in this course has been my grades and attitude about learning."
- John B., 5th grade

"My comprehension went from 76% to 95%.  My tests and (free) time have improved a lot."
- Michael P., 5th grade

"I made the highest grade on a test using the skills I learned."
- Lauren W., 7th grade

"I have more time at home to do what I like.  My reading comprehension went from 55% to 100%."
- Eric R., 9th grade

"My grades have gone up, I know how to study better, and make better notes.  My comprehension went from 75% to 90%.  This course will really help you in life."
- Laura C., 9th grade

"My speed went from 156 words per minute with 20% comprehension to 499 words per minute with 70% comprehension."
- Lance C., 8th grade

"I am getting better grades and reading faster."
- Jenni E., 8th grade

"I am getting my assignments done more quickly.  My reading speed went from 428 wpm with 75% comprehension to 707 wpm with 95% comprehension."
- Brendon M., 9th grade

"My speed went from 254 wpm to 848 wpm with 80% comprehension.  I don't have to study as much anymore, and my grades are going up."
- Patrick M., 6th grade

"I am getting better test grades.  My reading speed went from 290 words per minute with 75% comprehension to 652 wpm with 85% comprehension."
- Todd M., 6th grade

 "It is easier for me to study.  I recommend this class."
- Rebecca M., 7th grade

 "My attitude about school work and studying for tests has improved."
- Connor R., 7th grade

"I am studying better.  My reading speed increased from 203 to 964 and my comprehension went from 75% to 87%."
- Evan M., 6th grade

"My test grades have been up a lot.  My reading comprehension went from 40% to 83%."
- Vanessa S., 8th grade

"I have learned to take better notes, and my comprehension went from 45% to 85%.  This course really improves your reading skills."
- Jaquilee K., 9th grade

"I have a better attitude about school and better comprehension."
- Niki V., 5th grade

College Students

"I enjoyed this course very much.  I feel more confident about my reading.  My speed improved from 189 to 612 words per minute and my comprehension increased by 15 points."
- Heather Hutto, Baylor

"I am retaining a whole lot more info because I am reading a lot faster.  This course is very beneficial.  I am now looking forward to reading books.  The classes are also very interesting and the time goes by very fast. The three hours seemed to fly by."
- Steven Radke, Computer Science, South West Texas University

"I am making better grades because of this course.  It has given me confidence in my reading and my studies."
- Damon Welborn, Baylor University

"This course was helpful beyond best expectations.  Pertinent for students in learning study habits, note taking, and reading technical information.  My speed went from 252 wpm to 1,009 wpm and my comprehension increased from 55% to 85%."
- Lacey Baldwin, Pre-Pharmacy

"This course offers many guidelines that help when studying, test taking, and over-all in life.  It makes and shows results.  I have more time to do other things rather than spend all my time studying.  My state of mind is more relaxed."
- Natalia Robledo, Accounting Major, St. Mary's University


"My reading speed went from 136 words per minute with 40% comprehension to 680 words per minute with 90% comprehension."
- Reevan Johnson, University of Texas at Austin

"My comprehension went from 45% to 85% and my speed increased to over 400 words per minute.  There are so many things I learned from this course that I invited John to come back and give the program at the Littlefield dorm."
- Stephanie Routt, English Major

"This course was extremely helpful for me.  My reading speed increased from 183 words per minute to 504, and my comprehension went from 55% to 80%."
- Kimberly Gann, Psychology/ Pre med
 
"I am making better grades, and I have greater confidence.  This course was extremely useful."
- Zack Urasuk, Engineering
 
"This course was fun and entertaining.  It provided a wealth of tips to better my learning skills."
- Curtis Odle, Engineering Science, Trinity University

"My reading speed went from 432 to 1,513 words per minute and my comprehension increased from 62% to 80%.  Wow! This course is very much a worthwhile investment."
- Fred Trotter, Computer Science / Psychology, Trinity University

"This course is fantastic!  This is definitely the best academically oriented thing I have done in my life!  My reading speed went from 155 words per minute to 504 words per minute and my comprehension increased from 65% to 85%."
- Joe Mace, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

"My reading speed went from 263 words per minute to 756 words per minute with 80% comprehension.  I am spending less time reading.  I am definitely taking better notes in my classes.  I am more organized and less overwhelmed."
- Kelley Sawyer, English Major

"I was skeptical at first, but after the second class I saw the benefits I gained - I have definitely cut my study time.  Overall, my reading speed went from 273 words per minute with 85% comprehension to 850 words per minute with 95% comprehension."
- Shelley Hepner

"I was skeptical a bit, however, my reading speed increased from 356 to 1,008 words per minute and my comprehension went from 65% to 80%."
- Dean Dichoso, Computer Science
 
"My reading speed went from 200 to 680 words per minute and my comprehension increased from 65% to 95%"
- John Mendonca, UT Austin

"I improved my Biochem test grade from a C on the first test to an A on the second test.  This course is a great investment and definitely something worth doing. I learned a lot."
- Mistie Seawell. Biology / Psychology, St. Mary's University

"I am more excited about reading, and I see reading as a chance to improve not as punishment."
- Brian Gellman, University of Texas at Arlington

"This course is worth it because it makes you realize what your potential is! My speed went from 214 words per minute to 850 words per minute, and my comprehension improved from 80% to 90%."
- Rachel Souza, UT Arlington

"I think this course is wonderful.  I'm calmer and more focused about my potential in school.  I more than doubled my reading speed and increased my comprehension by 15 points to 85%.  I have definite goals and strategies for studying and  note taking - which have been life savers! Thank you!!"
- Diane Ellis, Business Major
 
"This course is awesome!  I really learned so much.  It is refreshing and energizing!"
- Jillian Bissar, Social Work
 
"This course is very worthwhile.  I am spending less time reading and it is more enjoyable.  My reading speed went from 242 words per minute at 40% comprehension to 605 words per minute with 514% comprehension."
- David Middleton, Business Owner, MBA Student, UT Austin

"I think this course is useful - I learned more than expected.  My speed went from 318 wpm with 75% comprehension to 865 wpm with 85% comprehension"
- Ted Maccini, Geological Sciences, PhD Candidate, UT Austin

"This course is more than just speed reading.  I loved all the "extras" that John put in."
- Michael P. Hassett, Jr., UT Austin

Professionals

"I enjoyed the course.  I found the information useful, and the reading skills taught were great.  I am more efficient at work, and I can do a greater volume of pleasure reading. I wish I had done this before I went to Law School."
- Dennis Moore, Attorney

"This course is useful for anyone, but especially for those expected to consume large amounts of information."
- Cara Falver, Realtor

"I would like to see this class taught in every school in Texas and the U.S. My reading speed increased from 356 words per minute to 757 words per minute and my comprehension went from 60% to 85%."
- Michael Owen, Business Analyst







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