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Read this. Then read this five times faster after a speed-reading class at Iris Reading. Choose between a one-day, five-hour class (a $199 value) or a two-day, ten-hour class (a $299 value) to break old reading habits across the knee with a spinning, backbreaking bookmark, and replace them with more effective techniques. With today’s Groupon, each option is just $60. The courses include strategies for reading technical material and computer-screen speed-reading techniques, making it perfect for business professionals. Iris has taught speed-reading courses to HSBC, one of Europe’s largest banks, as well as other financial and professional firms.
The average person in the United States reads about one Groupon per minute. Iris's website says most students finish the Iris Reading Program reading two to five times faster without losing comprehension. That means an exceptional student could end up reading five Groupons per minute. Speed reading is great for students who have heavy reading assignments, providing an excellent alternative to hauling massive books at trucker speed, wheelbarrow speed, and crane speed. Iris is currently working with several public schools in Chicago to help students learn more efficient reading skills, and undergrads at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ohio State University successfully completed Iris courses, and now spend less time on textbook reading and more time on speed-reading thousands of Facebook wall posts. Classes are held at DePaul University's Loop campus on Saturdays and Sundays; click here for dates and times.
Note: Your Groupon gets you the comprehensive two-day course or the five-hour business professionals course. Both are much more thorough and promise higher results than the one-hour free classes Iris occasionally offers,
Check out Iris Reading's website to view customer testimonials. Here are a few:
- Students have come to the workshops a little skeptical, but they all leave raving about what they learned and how they can use it. We have presented this workshop to all students from 1st years to graduate and professional, and they have all benefited. – Kay Robinson, Assistant Director, Ohio Union, Ohio State University
- Thank you very much for all your help this year. You truly had a significant impact on my productivity as well as many others in Ariel’s research department. You should feel very proud of your contributions to Ariel. Thank you again. – Jason Tyler, Portfolio Manager, Ariel Capital Management
- The experience and outcome was phenomenal! The average student in the class began reading 239 words per minute and ended reading 457 words per minute – results were nearly doubled. – Debra Carson, Program Coordinator, Chicago Summer Business Institute
The First Speed Reader
The first speed reader was born illiterate. Raised in the fields, the boy stumbled into the town library one day with a dream: to read and to do it fast. Six to eight weeks later the boy, now a man, was able to read a greasy diner menu just as fast as his fellow townspeople. He lost his field accent, and began to read faster and faster…without losing comprehension. He once read War and Peace so fast it exploded. Word spread. Townsfolk challenged him to reading feats: reading underwater, reading blindfolded, reading while reading the newspaper. All the while he read faster, and more of what he liked.
One night the dam burst. A gushy wave threatened to engulf the entire town in bursty dam water. Because he had finished reading so quickly, the man had time to build a temporary dam in front of city hall, stopping tragedy with the authority of a tome’s final punctuation mark.
That night he was elected mayor, and after a few drinks, governor. But he preferred to remain a humble officer of the library. That year he was given a proper name: Dewey Decimal, the first speed reader to break the thought barrier.
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