Over 1 million people in the U.S. alone have used the eyeQ product, and our average customer (that uses the program) will triple their beginning reading speed.
So, we have the data to back up the fact that the training works, but the more important question might be: “So what?” Why does it matter if you can read faster?
Being a good reader is just the first step in becoming a good learner. Being a good learner is the gateway to almost all success in life. With few exceptions, almost everyone that is very successful attributes their success to their ability to learn. Unfortunately, studies show that fewer and fewer people are reading. The result is a decrease in academic performance, poor literacy and poor occupational outlook for adults. Developing a love of reading – and the skills to do it effectively – improves everything in a person’s life. It has been proven that people who are considered great leaders are also prolific readers. It has also been proven that developing reading skills among students increases academic performance in all subjects, and improves the occupational outlook for students entering the workforce. For people already in the workforce, reading provides ongoing education and specialization. People who read expand their knowledge and expertise, and are more likely to earn promotions and advancement.
We all know reading is important, but nobody seems to have the time, patience or skills to read. Our mission is to change all of that with eyeQ.
In 2010, eyeQ was tested in a “low income” elementary school. The population was ethnically, economically and educationally diverse. As a school, the students were underperforming. The students were tested at the beginning of the school year in reading, language, math and science. Test scores were low and teachers were struggling to raise them, with no success. The school implemented eyeQ into the reading curriculum for the remainder of the year. When the results came back on the end of year testing, scores had increased an average of 21% in all subjects. The remarkable part of this story is that improvements were observed in every demographic of the school, including every ethnic, income and educational demographic. Even special needs students saw improvements on their scores.
Reading enables the mind to expand and excel. Through patented technology, eyeQ combines reading with deep mental training which not only improves reading skills, but also learning and memory skills which result in massive improvements in all areas of mental function.
1. eyeQ uses intense, maximum interval training techniques that can cause eye strain if done for more than 7 minutes.
2. You’re busy. You’ve got stuff to do. We respect your time and realize you need powerful results in a short time frame. Each session of eyeQ packs the most effective world class training into just seven minutes.
While each Daily Training Session is limited to 7 minutes or less, we encourage you to spend as much time as you want reading in the Reading Center or playing games in the Activity Center. We are continually adding new reading content and games, so check back often to see what’s new.
Slow – Fast – Medium
You’ll notice that every exercise follows a Slow – Fast – Medium pace. This engages the brain, enabling you to use more of your faculties as you read. You start at a comfortable, slow pace at which you can read. Then the pace doubles in speed!
This increase is designed to cause failure. It should be so fast that you aren’t able to read. This wakes up the brain and sends the signal that it needs to improve to meet the demands you are placing on it. Then, the pace slows to a medium speed. Even though it is still faster than the original speed, you’ll find you are able to read more.
This method increases your reading speed, reading comprehension, typing speed, and more. It also allows you to retain the effects of your training for longer. We call this method Maximum Interval Brain Training. This is part of our “secret sauce.” It’s what makes eyeQ different than any other product on the market!
The great thing about eyeQ is that you can use it on virtually any device with an internet connection. Simply open a web browser, log in and train! The program is optimized for use on tablets, laptops and desktop computers. You can also use it on a smartphone to brush up. However, for an optimal experience, we recommend using eyeQ on a larger screen (like a 9 inch tablet or larger).
Two Point Training: One of a Kind
Every other day you will experience our “two point training” exercise. Two point training is one of the most effective exercises you can do to improve reading speed. A major obstacle to improving reading speed is reducing the number of times your eyes pause or go back over text as you read, and 2 Point Training helps you to overcome this bad habit.
You can actually feel your eyes doing this with a simple exercise: Close one eye and gently place your finger over one (closed) eyelid as you read. You will feel your eye jumping back and forth as you read. These rapid movements are called saccades. They determine how much you see at a single glance. Typically we make many of these small movements as we read. However, too many of these saccades slow your reading speed.
The two point training exercise is designed to condition the eyes to move quickly across the lines of text as you read, forcing your mind to read the words the first time it sees them, which greatly increases your reading speed. It is called “two point training” because it trains your eyes to move from left to right quickly and fluidly between the beginning and ending points of each line of text.
eyeQ is the only speed reading product which offers two point training.
It’s another critical element of our program and helps our customers unlock incredible speed through effective training.
How Deep Brain Training Works
Effective deep brain training programs involve two critical components: stress and repetition.
Stress on your mental functions tells the brain that it needs to step up its game. Just like weight-lifters use increasing weights to build their muscles, we have to push our brain beyond it’s normal limits to grow.
We form some bad habits as we get older, especially when it comes to reading. By stressing the brain (by making you read faster than you’re actually able to), we force you to eliminate the bad habits that are inefficient and stop you from achieving your peak potential.
Some of these bad habits that eyeQ will help to solve are:
Subvocalization: This is where you read each word under your breath or in your head. As you read this, try to notice if you are actually speaking these words in your mind. Pretty crazy, right? This slows you down and stops you from being able to read faster than you can speak. It’s the biggest inhibitor of increasing your reading speed.
Regression: Scanning back to re-read segments of text. This doubles or even triples the amount of time it takes to read.
Extended Fixation: Looking too long at a single section of text. Your eyes naturally pause to focus on anything you look at. However, without training we will pause too long on each section of text we look at. This decreases our reading speed.
There are other bad habits that eyeQ addresses, but these are a few of the big ones. We address them through stressing the brain and then training new habits. That leads us to the second critical piece of deep brain training: Repetition.
Repetition strengthens the neural pathways your brain uses to send signals throughout your body. The brain uses synapses to signal the body to perform any task. These synapses are electric signals that travel along neural pathways to the desired destination.
As you create new reading habits and develop increases in reading speeds, you are creating new neural pathways in your brain. Deep, methodical repetition through eyeQ will strengthen these pathways, making you able to read faster, think faster and perform better.
The eyeQ Method
The eyeQ program is based on 30 years of scientific study. The premise of the eyeQ method is deep training and multi-area engagement of the brain. The moving pictures are foundational to the multi-area engagement element of eyeQ.
Multi-area engagement is critical to improving your reading skills, as well as your ability to process and remember information. When we learn to read, it is a linear format: one letter and one word at a time. The information comes at use sequentially, and we do not understand the whole idea until we have reached the end of a sentence. This is a result of the way we learn to read: one letter and one word at a time.
On the other hand, our mind processes images as whole concepts. You can see, recognize, and process the concept of an image of a car without having to see or hear the word “car”. Whether you can read or not, you know it’s a car (even toddlers know it’s a car).
This is conceptual learning, as opposed to linear. By alternating between conceptual and linear formats, the eyeQ program engages multiple areas of your brain, and teaches your brain to be more active as you read.
One other reason for the moving objects is that it provides conditioning/exercise for your eyes. Rapid eye movement is a skill that is required in order for you to accelerate your reading speed. The faster you can move your eyes while still recognizing what you see, the faster you can read.
How it Works
Vision span (or span of vision) is the span within which the human eye has sharp enough vision to read text. Typically speaking, this span of vision is only 3-4 characters wide. This limits the amount of information your eyes can absorb at one time. Exercises such as the “expanding shapes” are designed to train your eye to expand this span of vision.
This exercise starts by having you focus on a picture in the center of the screen. As you focus, rings begin to expand outward from the center of the screen. The objective is to keep the picture, and the outermost ring in focus as they expand. This forces your eyes to see a wider portion of your vision in clarity.
As your span of vision expands, you will be able to see more words at a single glance. This expansion is one of the keys to success in the eyeQ program.
Interestingly, we frequently get testimonials from athletes and drivers saying that they can feel the difference in their vision as a result of this exercise. It’s just one more way eyeQ can enhance your life!
This ticking sound is called a metronome. Metronomes are commonly used in music to help musicians pick out the rhythm, or beat of a song. They help multiple musicians stay in synch. They also help musicians learn to play music very quickly. The reason all of this happens is that the brain is very responsive to sound. It will often trigger physical actions as a result of a steady beat. Like when you listen to your favorite song and you end up tapping your feet to the beat.
The eyeQ program uses this phenomenon to help you keep a rapid reading pace. It ingrains that speed, and the physical movement of your eyes, in your mind and helps you make it into a habit that you can reproduce when you are reading materials in your day to day life. The ticking sound utilized in the eyeQ program creates acceleration in your reading speed progress.
It may seem like a meaningless feature of the program, but actually, the sound is a critical element of eyeQ!
The eyeQ program uses powerful exercises to help you overcome the habits that slow you down. In place of those habits, you will learn new habits that will accelerate your reading and information processing abilities.
Once we have learned to read, the habit of reading one word at a time becomes inefficient. There are a few reasons for this. First, it forms a habit called subvocalization, which is when you sound the words out in your head as you read. You are likely doing that now as you read this email.
The second reason is that it trains your eyes to pause frequently as you read. These pauses are called saccades and are essential to allow your eyes to focus. However, once you can easily recognize words, much of this pause time is wasted. You are focusing too long on a single word – or even part of a word – when you could actually be spending less time on a single word, or even reading two or three words at once! If you can train your eyes to move more fluidly and make fewer pauses as you read, you will immediately begin to read faster.
The eyeQ program trains your brain to overcome the habit of pausing in a few ways. The scrolling word exercises are a primary way we train your brain and your eyes to take in more information in less time, with less movement.
In these exercises, the words move across the screen from left to right in rapid succession. As the line of words expands on the screen, your eyes will naturally follow. Once the words disappear your eyes will naturally return to the left of the screen, ready to watch the next animation. The exercise starts out slowly, and you should feel fairly comfortable. Then it will double in speed. This will tax your eyes and your brain and you most likely will not be able to keep up.
However, your eyes will continue to try following the animation. During the part of the exercise, your brain will recognize that it isn’t equipped to handle this rapid movement and all the information. It will signal to other parts of your brain for help to complete the task. When the pace drops to a medium speed, you will notice that although it is faster than the first speed, you are able to gather much more of the information, and maintain a higher rate of eye movement.
Over time you will leave behind inefficient habits like subvocalization and too many pauses because your brain will realize they are impeding your ability to perform the required tasks, and so it will form new habits. It can take time to condition your eyes and your brain to this new way of reading. However, you will find that soon you are able to read all of the words, but at a much faster pace. Repetition and consistency will increase your results.
That’s why it’s more critical than ever for us to optimize the time we do have. With eyeQ you’ll be able to read books in about one-third the time it takes now. You’ll be able to scan email, newspapers, magazines, memos, newsletters, and other printed pieces much more quickly, too.
If you’re a student, you’ll find that eyeQ improves your ability to learn. How? By increasing your speed, you’ll be able to get the information you need more quickly. As you learn more, your ability to learn better and faster also increases.
But that’s not all: studies have shown that repetition is the key to learning – and that the most effective repetition is done within the first twenty-four hours after initial exposure to a new idea, concept, or information. With an increased mental processing speed, you’ll be able to do three reviews within the first twenty-four hours of reading a new book or studying a new concept. This will establish a strong neurological path in the brain. The result? You’ll store information more effectively, and you’ll be able to retrieve it much more efficiently.
In a nutshell, no other program on the market lets you improve your reading and scanning so quickly without committing a significant amount of personal time in the effort. And that’s a tremendous benefit to anyone in a society filled with countless demands, all competing for our time.
The program is ideally suited for use in any venue. It can be done at home, as well as in universities and colleges, non-profit organizations, businesses and corporations, governments, and private-sector organizations.
The same thing applies to reading speed: if you don’t remove the brakes, it’s not going to happen.
Removing the brakes can be the most difficult part of mastering eyeQ. But it’s also the most important. And, just like anything else, it gets easier with practice.
When it comes increasing reading speed, there are two brakes. One has to do with the mouth and the other has to do with the eyes. Let’s look at the mouth first. What does your mouth have to do with reading?
Plenty, actually. When parents teach their children to read, they read aloud to their children. In return, they ask their children to read aloud. There’s nothing wrong with that: it’s the only way to really determine that the learning is taking place, that the child is, in fact, learning to read.
Parents aren’t the only ones. First-grade teachers require children to read aloud. Middle-school teachers require their students to read aloud as they learn a foreign language. Again, it’s a necessary step: the teacher must make sure the student is reading accurately and pronouncing correctly.
But then what happens? Long after we leave our parent’s knee, long after first grade and middle school, most of us are still reading aloud. You just can’t hear us.
Here’s what happens: even though you think you are reading silently, your vocal cords are still moving. It’s a conditioned reflex that happens without your even thinking about it.
That in itself would not be a problem. But it creates two situations that are problems when it comes to reading speed.
First of all, the vocal cords are folds of mucous membrane that are controlled by muscles. And muscles can only move so fast.
To understand the point, consider an Olympic track star. Even though she is trained and gifted, it would be exceptionally difficult for her to run a hundred meters in fewer than ten seconds. Why? Because, even though she is exceptionally strong, muscles only move so fast. And muscles are what allow her to run.
Now think about you. If you stood by that Olympic track star’s side and pressed your toe firmly against the blocks, what would happen when the starting gun fires? You’d probably be left in the dust. Simply, your muscles can’t move fast enough to keep up.
But what if you are relaxing in your favorite chair at home, watching the Olympic race on television? You’d have no problem at all keeping up. Your eyes would sail with her. In fact, you might even reach the finish line before she does. That’s because you’re using your eyes, not your muscles.
The same thing happens with reading. If your vocal cords are moving, even if they are not producing sounds, you can only read so quickly. But if you use your eyes alone, and not your muscles, you go much more quickly.
That’s the first challenge that’s created when the vocal cords are involved in reading. The second is a little more complicated.
When you read aloud, you have to read each word individually. You have to sound each letter, one by one, from the beginning of the word to its end. There’s no other way to do it.
That’s because the human voice is unlike any other instrument with “cords,” or strings. If you press seven keys on a piano at the same time, you hear a chord made up of all the individual tones. If you drag the bow of a violin across two or three strings at the same time, you’ll produce a chord made up of all three notes.
But, unlike the violin or the cello or the guitar or the piano, the human voice can produce only one sound at a time. So when you use the voice to read, you are physically capable of producing only one sound—in most cases, one syllable—at a time.
Processing pieces of information one by one, in order from the beginning, is called series processing. It’s the slowest possible way of processing information—and the very slowest way of reading.
On the other hand, processing multiple pieces of information at the same time is called parallel processing.
To understand the difference between the two, imagine a single sheet of paper filled with text printed in nine-point type. Which would be the quickest way to deliver that information to someone else: to read aloud the text on the page, or to send the entire page at once through a fax machine? Obviously, the fax machine—which sends the entire page at once—is faster than your voice, which can deliver only one word at a time.
When you are stuck in a mode of series processing because your vocal cords are still moving as you read, you are able to read only one word at a time. But you are also able to see only one word at a time. Any word or character other than the one you are reading right that minute becomes meaningless. You might be able to actually see half the page of a book at a single time (or, in some cases, the entire page), but if you’re stuck in a mode of series processing, all the characters in that wide area are meaningless. They’re not words; they are nothing more than meaningless patterns to you as you concentrate on reading that single word.
And, because they are meaningless, you move them out of your field of vision. They mean nothing to you, so you simply get them out of the way.
Though it is absolutely essential in some disciplines, series processing is a real stumbling block in reading. It slows down your speed, bogs down your comprehension, and doesn’t allow you to fully use your field of vision.
It’s absolutely essential that this first brake—using your vocal cords when you read, which causes series processing—be removed before you can remove the other brake.
This program teaches you how.
We recently told you about two major inhibitors to increasing your reading speed: the movement of your vocal cords and the habit of sounding each word out one syllable at a time. Reading is like a car, unless you remove the brakes, you’re going to have a hard time going fast.
Today we want to tell you about one more way of removing the brakes and increasing your reading ability.
Now for the brake that has to do with your eyes. This program has a number of exercises that help you expand your field of vision. If you can take in more characters or words at a time then you will be able to increase your reading speed.
The researchers that put the eyeQ program together have found that you can expand your field of vision by watching circles, squares, or rectangles as they progressively expand while you stay focused on the center of the first one. Eventually, you will be able to see more words and characters in your field of vision at one time.
So if you want to increase your speed you will have to expand your field of vision. But some of us get stressed over things and when we do, it has a direct impact on our field of vision.
Stress makes it difficult to read. And if you’re going to increase your reading speed, you need to get rid of the stress that’s related to reading. When stress enters the picture, a peculiar thing happens: your field of vision narrows. That’s because the stress is trying to help you concentrate. Instead of being able to expand your field of vision, you zoom in on a smaller area.
This example should help explain what happens. Imagine you are waiting in a busy lobby of a restaurant for a friend. As you sit there alone, you hear a cacophony of noises. You hear the maitre de calling out the names of others who are waiting in the lobby. You hear pieces of conversation drifting through the air from several tables just through the doorway. You hear waiters as they move among the tables. You hear forks clinking against the plates. You hear relaxing music being piped over the restaurant’s system.
That’s what happens when you’re alone. But what happens when your friend arrives?
As soon as the two of you start talking, you no longer hear all that background noise. You are focused on what your friend is saying and on how you are responding. The music, the conversations of other diners, the waiters, the forks clinking against the plates are all still there. But you no longer hear them, because the job of carrying on your own conversation has captured all your attention.
The same kind of thing happens when you read. When you have to concentrate on specific characters (words and letters) as you read, you tune out everything else around those specific words and letters. When you’re in a restaurant visiting with a friend, that’s a good thing. When you’re reading, it’s not.
How do you overcome the stress that makes you narrow your field of vision? By using more of your brain. To understand how, look up from reading this and (if you can) look out a window. A few minutes ago, you were able to focus only on a few letters, probably an area no wider than an inch or so. Now, as you gaze around the room or out the window, you can see a far wider panorama. Your field of vision might be several hundred yards, even more.
What makes the difference? When you were reading, when you were fixed on those words on a printed page, you were using the parts of the brain typically used for reading. Now, as you take in a broad stretch of sky, trees, shrubs, flowers, buildings, and concrete—all of it punctuated with people— you’re using different areas of your brain.
The key is to learn to read with both sides of your brain: to physically read the written word with reading areas of your brain as you create the accompanying scenes with the rest of your brain.
In other words, you need to activate the vision field while you engage in logical thinking (the process of reading). Speed reading is an extremely effective way to train yourself how to do just that.
The blender on your kitchen counter won’t work until you turn it on. In the same way, you’ll never be able to use and enjoy the full power of your brain until you “turn it on” and use it to its fullest. This program will teach you how.
What can you expect if you can successfully remove both brakes?
And it is absolutely essential to remove both of them?
Yes—it’s absolutely essential that you remove both brakes.
The first brake is “vocal reading” (silently moving the folds of your vocal cords as you read). If you remove the first brake, you will trade “vocal reading” for visual reading. You will read must faster because you no longer have to confirm each character of each word. You’re using your eyes instead of your muscles.
But, wait a minute: the eyes are also controlled by muscles, too. Exactly. So if you remove the first brake alone, you will probably be able to read between 1,500 and 2,500 words per minute. That’s a pretty broad range for a simple reason—there’s a significant difference in the strength of eye muscles from one person to the next.
Removing the first brake lets you reach only part of your potential. To go all the way, you need to remove the second brake— the narrowing of your field of vision.
If you can double your range of vision, you’ll double the number of words you can read per minute. If you can see five times as much, you’ll read five times as fast. And if you can eventually read as easily as you see the scenery, you’ll be able to read thousands of words every minute. And you’ll still be able to appreciate their beauty just as you do that of the scene outside your window.
Good luck as you remove the brakes!
The Ups and Downs
Some of our customers get frustrated when they look at their reports and they see peaks and valleys as they take their reading speed tests. One day they’ll read 800 words per minute, and the next they won’t get over 600 words per minute. This can be very frustrating, but you shouldn’t worry about it.
Training is the process of improving skills and proficiency. In any training program you will have ups and downs. When reading, there is a lot that can go into your success. Sleep, stress, diet, distractions, there are a lot of things that can make you slow down on a given day. We recommend that you don’t focus on individual scores. Instead, look for a trend.
What you want to see is a steady trend that increases as you use the program more and more. Make goals for yourself such as doubling your reading speed, then tripling or even quadrupling your speed. Try to consistently hit new highs and you will find that overall, your lows are higher than your original scores.
Another key to maintaining a more consistent increase in reading speed is to deliberately practice your newfound skills in your day to day reading. You will have much better success if you force yourself to read quickly in everything you do – not just when you are using the eyeQ program. It makes sense though, right? That’s why you signed up in the first place!
Occasionally, after several weeks, customers will hit a plateau where they cannot seem to break out and reach higher speeds. This can be challenging. but don’t worry. It can be overcome.
There are two major tips to remedy this issue. The first is to really push yourself in the two point training exercise. The two point training is designed to maximize your ability to move your eyes rapidly, and to make smooth, fluid movements with your eyes. On two point training days, focus on your speed. Move your eyes as fast as you can during the exercise as you scan down the page. This will help you.
Another tip is to take a few days to rest. Sometimes a day or two away from the training will help you jump up as your brain remembers that it needs to increase its abilities in order to keep up with demand.
Bonus Tip: Another great way to train yourself to read faster and break out of a plateau in your test scores is to use the Reading Center! The way to do this is to choose a reading selection, and then set the pace at 100 wpm faster than your highest speed. Then, let the software pace you and do it for an extended period of time without stopping. Do it several times in a week and you will find that your brain will adapt to the stress of the fast reading and become faster.
These are just a couple of tips and tricks as you continue to use the eyeQ program.
As you continue to use eyeQ, consider the importance of consistency.
Any good habit is formed through consistency. There is a common adage that says it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Newer studies actually show that it takes longer than that. As you continue with the eyeQ program, form a routine and integrate it into your regular daily activities. Don’t fit it in the cracks. Set 10 minutes aside every day (or at least Monday – Friday) to train your reading and your brain. Doing this will help you to form a habit, but there are other powerful effects when you become a regular eyeQ user.
Strong habits and mental agility come through the regular use and challenging your brain. Whether it’s going to the gym, or training your brain, you need to create consistency. In the case of eyeQ, as you make a habit you are strengthening the neural pathways required for many different mental functions. You’ll see increases in reading speed and comprehension, but you’ll also see increases in memory, typing, math skills, and more. People who faithfully use eyeQ for 3 months at least 5 times per week see far better results than any of our other users. Additionally, the effects of their training last longer, and they stick with it for longer.
Love of Reading
At the end of the day, our passion is reading. We recognize that the power of the eyeQ program is to help people of all ages and abilities to find a love of reading. We make it easier, and more entertaining. When people have a love of reading, there are no limits to what they can accomplish. Reading empowers the mind and enables a person to learn anything they need to succeed. Reading increases a person’s ability to feel emotion, empathize with others. It increases memory. It gives confidence and self-esteem.
We believe that reading is the key to success in life, whether that be professionally, academically or in your personal life.
Consistent use of the eyeQ will unlock your ability to read in ways you never could before. As you find a love of reading, it will forever change your life.