flash training exercises train you to read more words with a single fixation
of the eyes. Fast and accurate readers are able to read an entire group
of words in a single glance. This skill is essential for rapid reading
your brain learns to process an entire group of words at a time
- it helps break the bad habit of "sub-vocalization" where you say the words
under your breath as your read. Sub-vocalization dramatically reduces
your reading speed because you can read much faster than you can speak.
- it reduces excessive eye use while reading as the eye does not have to examine the words syllable
- your eyes become more efficient and do less work
- you can
concentrate for longer without getting tired
- you will learn to read phrases rather than individual syllables or words.
Improved Eye Efficiency
flash training uses a flash-card metaphor. A word or a sentence is flashed
onto the screen for a fraction of a second (as quickly as 15 thousandth
of one second). You must then correctly read the flashed word or sentence.
This process is repeated with randomly selected sentences of the same
length until you have mastered flash reading at that level of difficulty.
Then the system automatically adjusts the level of difficulty according
to your progress. As you improve the randomly generated phrases get longer and longer.
amaze yourself at the rapid progress that you will make. Most people can
only "see" around four letters at once at this very fast speed. However,
after around 10 sessions with RocketReader most people increase this level
to at least 20 letters. This in turn helps you reader larger chunks of
text and accelerates your overall reading ability.
has an enormous database of over one thousand phrases. This ensures
that you never anticipate what will be flashed up next in the exercises. RocketReader
also adapts the challenge level (the length of the flash text) to ensure optimal
learning. This makes RocketReader exciting, challenging, and fun to use.
flash window is illustrated below. The level
is set to two letters. This means that randomly selected words
of up to two letters will be flashed on the screen.
start the flash training with the "Start" menu option, the blue crosshairs
appear to indicate that the word is about to flash on the screen.
The blue crosshairs
then change to red crosshairs to indicate that the words are about to
appear very soon.
Improving Reading Performance
randomly selected word or phrase is flashed on the screen for a very brief
instant of time. This time is 25 thousandth of one second. Most people can
easily see and remember words consisting of two characters. They start making
errors when more than ten characters of text is flashed. To see and remember
this text, you must develop your persistent vision ability. You
can see the words in your minds eye after the words have disappeared from the screen.
This skill can be master with the RocketReader flash-training exercises.
As the levels become more and more challenging your reading efficiency improves more and more.
text has appeared on the screen you either type out the text or indicate (Yes or No)
whether you read the text correctly. The following screen is an example of
the RocketReader spelling mode. In spelling mode you must type the text that was flashed
on the screen.
Building Vision Skills
will detect when you have mastered a level. From time to time you will advance by one,
two, or three levels depending on how rapidly you mastered the previous
level. You may also drop some levels if you are struggling at your
current skill level.
The Flash Training Menu Items
The RocketReader flash training is very flexible. You have fine control over
the properties of the flash-training exercises. The following series of
pictures illustrate these points.
The "Start" menu is used to start the flash training, select your own document
for the flash training exercise,
start a speed test, or to look at a graph of your results.
"Level" is used to manually change the challenge level of the flash trainings.
Notice that the "Auto Level" option is highlighted. This is the normal
mode of operation where RocketReader will automatically track your progress
and move you up or down levels depending on you performance. This
can be switched off so you can manually fix the difficulty level.
You can choose a specific level, or simply go up or down by 1, 2, 5, or
"Speed" controls how fast the text is flashed on the screen. You can set
the speed any of the preset levels, or choose your own speed. The recommended
speed is 25 thousandth of a second. This trains the eyes to read the entire
text, rather than reading the text syllable by syllable
or word by word.
"Options" allows you choose between advanced and basic modes. The "Must Spell"
option allows you to nominate to spell each word or phrase as it is flashed
onto the screen. You can switch off the sound effects with the "Mute option".
The font option allows you to control the size of the font that is used
to display the flashed text.
Dynamic Content for Peak Training
RocketReader intelligently chooses words and phrases according to your flash reading
ability. The system has an enormous database of over one hundred thousand
words to ensure that you never know what will be flashed up next in
the exercises. This makes RocketReader exciting, challenging, and fun
to use. The basic and advanced levels are now described.
runs in either of two levels, advanced and
basic. When you purchase RocketReader
you get both levels. The Basic levels are designed for children and for
those who have English as a second language, or adults who have poor English
skills. Parents can use RocketReader running in the basic levels with
their children. The basic levels use a large database of words and phrases
that are safe for children. There is no offensive or inappropriate material.
Parents can examine the following table to get an idea of the material
that is used in RocketReader. This table contains a random selection of
a very small part of the data files. Please note, that this is the raw
information that RocketReader uses. RocketReader employs a sophisticated
technique for presenting this information in a way to improve reading
speed, comprehension, and spelling.
data From the Basic-Level Phrase Database
under the earth
they got along better
has won the race
she felt quite lonely
had nine of them
soon as the sun was up
little man said
I have never seen him
our good friend
ought not to talk
gave her a book
are beautiful things
she is so tired
is full of good things
all like dolls
his head to his feet
did not cry now
is not your room now
me to find her
we cannot jump over it
data From the Basic-Level Word Database
This sample less than one thousandth of the total pool of phrases used in basic mode.
There are over 40,000 phrases, and
3,000 words that have been specially selected for basic mode. There
are 60 different basic levels. The great variety of phrases means that your
child won't get bored using RocketReader as the exercise system draws
from this information to supply a seemingly unlimited variety of words and
The RocketReader exercises are exciting and fun because you do
not know what word or phrase will be flashed next. This transforms the
mundane task of learning to read quickly and accurately into an absorbing
For very young children (between 6 and 8 years old) your
child may require supervision using RocketReader. Most young
children quickly master the training program and can learn by
levels of RocketReader are designed for adults, or children who have advanced
English skills. The advanced level database is more extensive than the
basic levels. Over 80,000 different phrases are used, along with over
25,000 different words. The following table illustrates a tiny selection
of some of the phrases and words used in the advanced levels.
data From the Advanced-Level Phrase Database
cried over it
pipe smoker said
her heart was empty
the two arrived
be reserved for him
sunken eyes and iron
to our hotel
told her honestly
a muscle in her moved
strong and noble
instructed the waiter
a little reflection
the day of his arrival
at the doors
a vacant resignation
joints of meat
oppressive south wind
a generous hand
there at his disposal
data From the Advanced-Level Word Database
Broad Age Range
is designed to accommodate people of all abilities ranging from child,
through to highly trained speed readers who want to read even faster.