The 18 Bad Reading habits

and 7 Reading Groups


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The 18 Bad Reading Habits

(All of which Proportional Reading Addresses)

Improved comprehension, speed and enjoyment almost always result from eliminating bad reading habits. Proportional Reading (PR) can quickly help individuals end the following eighteen bad reading habits:

1. Poor decoding.

2. Poor automaticity.

3. Poor fluency. This includes rushing past commas instead of pausing (machine gun reading). This can produce situational dyslexia, easily corrected).

4. Guessing when stumped instead of backing up and sounding out text (trying different possible pronunciations if necessary):

  1. A. At an individual word.

  2. B. Cognitive dissonance.

  3. C. Cognitive projection.

5. Cognitive projection as one reads regularly.

6. No or poor use of auditory memory.

7. No or poor use of visual memory.

8. No thinking about what the sentence means. Not reading by punctuation interval and thinking about the relationship of each  punctuation interval in the sentence to the next.

9. No sensing music of sentence.

10. Not hearing an inner voice.

11. Subvocalization and lip reading; not reading fast enough.

12. Reading too fast.

13. No outlining (for preview and use during reading or review).

14. No review as one reads by having each sentence repeated.

15. Being a passive rather than active reader; failing to ask a question and look for an answer as you read each sentence.

16. Poor and limited use of dictionary due to six problems which are easily corrected.

17. Improper lighting of text: contrast and brightness problems.

18. Physical discomfort while reading/typing (easily corrected):

  1. A. Books are not automatically held open at the right height and distance while you sit upright and relaxed, with proper neck, back and shoulder support (instead, reader crouches over book).

  2. B. Head is turned back and forth from paper to monitor when typing. Keyboard, monitor and printed text should all be in-line.

These 18 Bad Habits fall into Seven Natural Groups.


If you want help improving your reading, or that of your child or significant other, then you or the person you are trying to help almost certainly fall into one or more of the following seven groups. We can provide help for all of these situations. These seven groups reflect the basic progression of reading skill. See where you fit in.

We can immediately help you overcome reading anxiety and reading avoidance and enable you to process any written text. We use technology and a coach to help you read text instantly at the same time as you develop transferable skills for regular book reading. Most of the time you work on your own with our software. Our coaches help you get started, then work with you periodically to answer your questions and help you advance as quickly as possible. Any book or Internet text can be read with our program. Here are the seven groups. Which one(s) apply to you?

1. You are just beginning to read. You could be in kindergarten or first-fourth grade. You could also be learning English as a second language, at any age. Alternatively, you could be an adult beginner, who just missed out earlier in life.

2. You need remediation in your decoding, automaticity and fluency and reducing guessing. You could be in elementary school or any age up to age 99. You may have numerous gaps in your phonetic skills, which need to be filled.

3. You already have the basic skills of decoding, automaticity and fluency, but need help on basic comprehension skills. The skills here for you to improve include developing your auditory memory, visual memory and thinking about what the sentence is saying. You probably need to start reading by punctuation intervals, thinking about the meaning of each interval and considering how each punctuation interval relates to the rest of the sentence.

4. You are an average reader but your pronunciation and spoken English are poor and you want to improve them. This could be because English is a second language for you, or because you have a speech and language difficulty. Proper voice and text practice will quickly help here.

5. You already are an average or good reader but want to improve your speed and comprehension. You may be a high school, college or graduate school student who just needs to read more and faster. If this is you, we teach you how to turn words into pictures and movies, hear an inner voice and overcome sub-vocalization. We can help the average or good reader quickly learn how to speed up their reading from reading at speech level (150 WPM) to reading 400-800 WPM with substantial comprehension improvement.

6. You have a specific reading problem like dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, low vision (including differential focus and wandering eye), brain trauma, stroke recovery, severe arthritis, spastic motion, delayed audio processing, deafness, muteness or severe reading anxiety. We can show you how to use technology to quickly overcome any of these difficulties.

7. You need help with simple additional tools that greatly increase your comprehension and productivity. These include, instant dictionary access with real voice pronunciation of words, the ability to make an ongoing list of words and their definitions as you read, the ability to copy out text sections as you read, the ability to type notes as you read (with the book and pages held open for you, or as you read on the screen), the ability to sit back and read in comfort without crouching over your book, the ability to edit papers without turning your head, and the ability to edit your writing with voice reading as you make corrections in what you have written.

Sometimes a person falls into more than one group. If you really want help, then you have to talk to us so we know what kind of help to give you. We work with individuals of all ages at home, or at school. We also set up programs at schools, colleges and learning centers, training staff as needed.

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Pick the approach below (1-5) that best helps you immediately improve your reading. Then take our free reading course. Also, get 1-on-1 instruction, as needed. Learn More about using technology for immediate reading improvement.

  Can you read this?

If so,

we can help you


and read any text

like you are reading now.


Little eye movement

is required.


This approach

is ideal

for Macular Degeneration,

Retinitis Pigmentosa,

Wandering Eye,

and severe Dyslexia.

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at 978-927-9234.

Our next approach

is reading

by Phrases

at smaller font size.

We will

also show you


to read  any

of these text examples

with interactive computer voice.

Reading by Phrases

is ideal

for Beginners (K-4),

severe Dyslexia,

other LD/Special ED,

basic Remedial Reading,

and starting ESL.

    Our next approach is reading by Punctuation Interval.

As before,

all paragraphs are indented,

there is a blank line between paragraphs and after sentences,

and there is also a hard return after each comma,

but individual phrases are not placed on separate lines.

    We teach people how to read instantly by progressive cognitive intervals from short to long,

as appropriate for each person,

and with or without computer voice.

    Reading by Punctuation Intervals is ideal for slow readers in middle school and high school,

intermediate remedial reading,

intermediate ESL students,

as well as intermediate Dyslexics,

all advanced elementary students,

and all advanced students of any age reading textbooks or other serious writing.

    Next are six examples of reading by Sentence.

All parts of the sentence are read as one unit, without a hard return after each comma.

Reading by Punctuation Interval or by Sentence, students are able to pause for as long as they want to think about what they have just read.

They can also repeat the sound of each Sentence, or Punctuation Interval as often as desired, before advancing.

    Reading this way with interactive, computer voice is ideal for all Average Readers in middle school, high school, and college, all advanced ESL students, advanced ADHD students, and all advanced Dyslexics.

Students quickly improve their reading speed and comprehension, as they do their assigned reading with these techniques, called Proportional Reading.

Average and Good Students can quickly learn how to read well at 300-500 words per minute, and above.

   See more examples of reading by Sentence, or by Punctuation Interval, or by Phrase.

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If you are serious about improving your reading, call us now for Free help getting started: 1 (978) 927-9234; or e-mail us.

We can help you improve your own reading or that of your child, or relative. With a little help, most people can easily read textbooks, novels and Internet articles quickly and well, with excellent speed, concentration, comprehension, recall and enjoyment, at up to 500 words per minute and above. Read on to learn how to do this quickly and affordably with any book.

Work independently on our program on your own, or have us work one-on-one with you, over the phone or Skype, anywhere in the world, as both of us look at the same text on the Internet. If you choose to work with us, we will tailor our instruction to your exact needs. We will start at just where you are at and move forward. This is the fastest way to improve. We will help you correct the 18 bad reading habits. In order to empower you and teach you transferrable skills for reading any book on your own, we will show you a new way to read any book or Internet article quickly and enjoyably, and with excellent comprehension. You can also combine these two approaches, getting help only as needed.

What you will experience in our approach to reading is a new way to read. You read each sentence just ahead of the spoken sound, pausing at the commas and periods for the sound to catch up. Thus, the sound acts to immediately correct any reading errors, and completely removes any reading anxiety. You adjust the speed at which the voice speaks, from normal speaking rate to over 500 words per minute. At the end of each sentence, the sound pauses automatically for as long as you wish, for you to think about what you have just read, and for as long as you want. Then when you are ready, you press a single key to proceed. You can repeat any sentence as many times as you want before proceeding. You are in complete control. You proceed with full comprehension and focus at the speed your mind processes thought. We also teach you how to improve your reading with other techniques. With a little practice, you will quickly increase your speed up to 500 words per minute and above. You will start to love reading. You learn transferrable skills for reading any book, as you do your assigned reading. Do our Free Demo and go to our Free Training Manual for self-instruction. This approach is ideal for middle school, high school, college, and adult reading for all ages and skill levels.

A special use of this approach is designed to help elementary students and ESL students with decoding, automaticity and fluency. They try to read any section of text out loud, before they interactively press the screen, or a keystroke, to hear it read out loud. They can repeat the sound of this section as many times as they want. The student never leaves a section of text without reading it correctly and smoothly. Help is always available. Reading anxiety disappears. Instead of guessing and rushing ahead, students immediately start to focus on reading correctly.

We teach you how to master a new type of reading. We train you in a new way to use the software that you already have on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac laptop, or Mac desktop computer,  or on your PC (including software that you can download for free). The first part of the training teaches setup and operation of the controls for this new type of reading. The second part of the training teaches you how to improve your reading using these controls and this new approach. You can do the two parts of instruction in whichever order you prefer. You will learn how to use this approach to read almost any article on the Internet or any textbook or novel, at the speed you think, up to and above 500 words per minute. Besides completing assigned reading, you will overcome the 18 Bad Reading Habits and develop transferrable skills for reading regular books. You will begin to love reading.

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