The Evelyn Wood Seven-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program

ISBN: 1566194024
ISBN 13: 9781566194020
By: Stanley D. Frank

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A system that works; a book that keeps selling. Since 1959, the Evelyn Wood Program of Dynamic Learning has been successfully employed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, helping them break free of the self-imposed shackles that hinder learning. By teaching us to tap the natural power of the mind, the Evelyn Wood method helps us to dramatically increase reading speed, retain more of what we hear and read, improve comprehension and develop our powers of concentration. In just minutes, you'll notice a real difference in your reading speed, and in succeeding chapters of this seven-day program you'll get the secrets of effective note-taking, find tips for instantly improving your writing, and much more.

Reader's Thoughts


Reading this book can get you up to about 900 words per min comfortably. This book was super helpful since there are soooo many things I WANT to read - watch out library... :D

Christopher Brehm

This was a very helpful tool for increasing my reading speed and retention.

Tedwood Strong

Can't really say that it works extremely well for comprehension, but I finished it in two hours.


Wouldn't that be super-rad to get a fat book and rip through it in 20 minutes? There is so much to read out there and so little time! Now, with Evelyn Wood's help, you can have time to read everything! EVERYTHING!!!I read it and tried the concepts for awhile and . . . (sigh) I am still a slow reader. I did read it before law school, (where by necessity I learned the power of "skim"), so I might be better at it if I tried again.


The tips to speed up your reading to ~900 wpm do help quite a bit. However, the other tips to boost you past 1,500 don't work so well. There aren't many practices or drills provided to help you reach that level.The book is also interspersed with thoughts on how you can be a more effective student - report writing, taking notes from lectures, preparing for a final exam, etc - which were meaningless to me since I'm not in school anymore. It might have been helpful to me 10 years ago.


Many helpful tips, although probably nothing you won't get from most books on speed-reading or study techniques. Adler & Van Doren's 'How to Read a Book' is still the best one around.


This really works. I reread this every few years to boost my speeds kills for my school reading. The only problem is that you start to speed-read things that you wanted to take longer (your leisure reads).


It seemed to take me forever to get through this book!Haha, only joking.Seriously, it does seem to give a fairly clear overview of the basics of the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading program (which I had never heard of before I saw this book in Goodwill or wherever it was). It seems to be aimed primarily at students reading text books for courses. The initial stages really could be summarised very quickly and are simple common sense steps anyone can easily pick up on their own, but the later stages really need more guidance from a live person, it is possible some people could teach themselves from this book, but on the whole it seems like a teaser to get people interested in the eleven products available to buy on the website ( if you are interested) or the classes (details also available on the website).


The Evelyn Wood 7-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program, by Stanley D. Frank, Ed. D. - 1 and a half stars; really, I should have looked at the contents of this book more before purchasing it (from Kate’s gift card), because I’m not at all interested in tips for scoring well on tests, or for strategies in taking college courses; I probably did benefit from the "follow the finger" advice, to enhance concentration, and also from the "don’t retrogress advice"; still, I think it’s about "quality, not quantity", and forcing myself to read overly fast seems, after one day of practice, to decrease my reading enjoyment; the potential upside seems enormous, though, so I’m not giving up yet, either

Nate Cahoon

I'm trying to implement the disciplines prescribed in this text, both in the course of ordinary reading and in a course I'm taking. I appear to be getting good results, but I'll withhold final judgment until sufficient data is available to warrant it. In the meantime, I've assigned this middle-of-the-road rating.


I read this book a number of years ago and put it down after one chapter. "Rubbish" was my only comment at the time. This time, as I looked at the pile of books I must read for various ventures I am a part, I figured reading faster would be of great aid. I am already a fast reader and I confirmed this through their initial reading test. The average score is 300 (approximately) words per minute. I scored at 500. Then I read that many people after taking the Evelyn Wood method regularly read accurately at 1200-1400 words per minute. That would mean digesting an average book of 80,000 words in one hour! After going through the exercises, in two days my reading was up to 900 words per minute with more comprehension. I highly recommend this book. It can probably be found at a used book store...I found mine for $2 at Beers Books here in Sac.

Ambrose Miles

The system really works! I increased my words per minute reading time. Perhaps I'll finish books as fast as I did this one, but then this book was an easy read. The book is geared more for the student in a school learning environment, than for the armchair reader as it's biggest component is the learning program. Still, an over all good and useful book.


It helped, but didn't work as well as it described.

Sebastian Cosgrove

Did not improve my reading skills...maybe it's me.


I started reading this book because I'm a slow reader...but I couldn't get through it, ahhahahhaha

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