Why Use a Reading Coach,

And How to Save Money with Reading Instruction

 
  1. 1. Most people have no idea why they cannot read better. They need someone to help them initially with pattern recognition.

  2. 2. Even if they have an idea, or a diagnosis, for what is wrong with them, their analysis is often only partly correct.

3. And even if they can describe issues, they almost always have no idea what specifically to do to improve.

4. But even if they do have a rough idea of what to do to improve, they have no idea whether they are doing the "program" correctly.

5. In addition, they have no idea how to fine-tune or "tweak" the presentation of material to match their exact learning needs.

6. Most people have a combination of issues, each of which is correctable, but without being able to differentiate these issues, and attack each problem, they experience a sense of helplessness, frustration and reading anxiety, which in itself often becomes the main problem.

7. Once people start to improve, they need help to know how to overcome problems and when they are ready to advance. In addition, they often need affirmation that they are on the right path. Many people actually get frustrated because they are ready to improve further, and nobody is there to tell them how.

8. A reading coach can help an individual immediately start with the approach that person needs. There are at least 40 different serious reading problems. In addition, there are 18 Bad Reading Habits which any person can have in any combination. At any one time an individual only needs to focus on one or two issues with their solutions. A reading coach will help you learn just what issues you face, and how to work on just these issues. This saves a lot of time “wandering around in the woods”.

9. Most people have never experienced a philosophy for rapid change of personal attitude and skill level, which is based in pragmatic analysis by the clients of what works well for them.

10. Most people have no idea how much they can improve in the first two hours of help, if this help is done correctly. The proper approach involves initial evaluation and training, then setting up and beginning independent practice, combined with periodic consultation as needed. Besides being the right approach, this is by far the quickest and cheapest approach for real help.

  1. 11. Many people have a history of failure in numerous earlier attempts on their part to improve their reading. As a result, they are often quite skeptical and wary of anything new. This attitude is usually very understandable, but it is also limiting. This obstacle usually disappears with initial consultation.

  2. 12. Some people have a need to be totally in charge of all steps of each new activity. While this attitude often proceeds from a desire to protect another, it frequently prevents open mindedness, especially if new concepts are involved that are not intuitive. This obstacle usually disappears with initial consultation.

  3. 13. Often a student has heard a directive many times before but never actually learned how to perform this action. This actual empowerment is one of the jobs of the coach.

  4. 14. Many students, especially older students, have no idea that they are progressing when they first start. The coach helps each student see that they are making progress.

15. As students start to improve, they will begin to make a new set of mistakes that are to be expected, and the natural first step of becoming a better reader. The coach explains what is happening and tells the student how to make sure that this transition results in growth, rather than discouragement.

In addition to these “information” reasons for using a coach, many individuals have a number of personal, “structural” reasons for using a coach. These are listed below.

16. Many people want the structure of a fixed daily time for practice, on a regular basis, and over a fixed period of time, with fixed coaching sessions. These clients need and want this structure. This gives them something to plan for and around, and planning helps realization.

17. They also want the structure of a gentle boss telling them what they are to do, and seeing to it that they do it.

18. It also often helps if they have made a financial commitment.

Each person is different and has his or her own set of approaches that work for them.

For additional understanding of an approach that works, Google the following term: "Pragmatic Realization Therapy".

How to Save Money Instantly Using a Reading Coach

There are a number of ways to make money instantly by using a reading coach. The first thing to understand is that "money you save is money you make”. Here are six ways to make money instantly using a reading coach:

First, by using a reading coach you zone right in on what you need to learn. This saves a lot of time, and time is money.

Second, many clients have a tremendous increase in self-esteem and self-confidence within the first three sessions. This saves money in a number of ways:

a) Expensive psychiatric counseling can be stopped.

b) The client starts to take advantage of daily opportunities, which were being ignored in an earlier depressed state of mind.

c) The client stops destructive behaviors: begins to exercise, stops overeating and eating junk food, and gets a good night’s sleep every day.

Third, after three or four sessions, the parents of the client often know how to advocate for their child with the Special Ed department of the local school, especially when there is an IEP involved. Seeing what actually works and experiencing same is invaluable for getting value from the local school services, which are often free.

Fourth, it is well-known that over a working career a person who can read makes an average of over $1 million more than a person who cannot read. Psychological happiness is also much higher. These benefits begin immediately with the effort to improve reading proficiency.

Fifth, working with a reading coach at home by long-distance phone or Skype, where each person hears and optionally sees the other as they speak to each other, and both watch the same text on the screen, saves a tremendous amount of money in terms of travel expense, babysitting expense, rescheduling problems, etc. This approach often instantly reduces the total tutoring cost by half.

Sixth, in the Proportional Reading approach lessons are usually once a week, with daily practice done independently by the client on the other days of the week. Thus, six out of seven days each week have no cost associated with the instruction for that day.

In Addition To These Six Ways to Save Money are two very important corollary approaches for saving money. First, what you learn will help you to immediately aid other members of your immediate family, or kinship group. Secondly, our approach for better reading simultaneously helps you improve your writing, speaking, listening, note taking, thinking and memory. These additional subjects are often taught as separate courses in other programs, but in our approach you make progress in these other areas as you improve your reading.

The secret to success in reading improvement is very simple: success is directly proportional to how many lessons you go through and how often you practice independently. There is no magic wand for instant improvement. Most people need at least two months of lessons with independent daily practice (20-30 minutes). There are ten subject areas that you have to master. This often means changing your priorities for a couple of months.


Length of Course, Costs, and Three Ways To Proceed

Almost everyone experiences dramatic improvement in each of the first three lessons, and then continues to improve as long as they continue. Each person’s rate of progress is different.

Most people need at least two months of weekly lessons to get through the Ten Basic Concepts and necessary practice; some need more time, some less. Our course has ten basic lessons, which are customized for each student.

Our program is a combination of periodic 1on1 classes, done in the privacy of your own home, and FREE independent daily practice using text specially formatted for your specific needs (as they change), combined with interactive computer-voice.

Lessons are once every two weeks. The cost of each lesson is $50.00 ($25 per week); each lesson is 40 minutes long. Note: Some people want one lesson a week, some want two lessons a week, and still others want their lessons to be an hour long ($75.00).

You should continue only as long as you are improving. If you don’t see instant improvement by the end of the first lesson, you should quit. If you see substantial improvement, you should continue.

Here are the three ways to proceed:

  1. 1.Sessions are ideally once a week for a 40 minute session. On the other six days of the week the student does independent practice using the instruction, specially paginated text, other training documents and training videos on our website. This comes out to $50 a week, or $200 a month. Note: Some people want two lessons a week, either 40 minutes or 1 hr. each. These options would raise the weekly and monthly cost.

  2. 2.If funds or schedule do not permit this, lessons can be done once every two weeks. This comes out to $25 a week, or $100 a month.

  3. 3.If funds are very tight and the client owns, or has access to, an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad or iPad mini (or Mac laptop or Mac desktop), the lessons can be done once a month, in conjunction with doing independent, daily voice and text practice on their Apple Device (after initial evaluation and operation training costing $100.00). This comes out to $12.50 a week, or $50 a month.

Once the student gets through the initial 10 lessons, lessons switch from once a week to every two weeks; then to once a month, and then stop regular occurrence, switching to continuing on an “as needed” basis.


Very Short Definition Of This Program

The formal name of this reading improvement program is Proportional Reading. A one sentence definition goes as follows: Interactive, voice and text instruction by progressive cognitive intervals (by word, then phrase, then punctuation interval, then sentence, then paragraph) combined with tutoring/consultation to overcome the 18 Bad Reading Habits. The set of software reading tools involved here can be used to instantly read any text at grade level; and then, with practice, up to 350 words per minute; and then, with more practice, up to 550 words per minute and above, all with excellent comprehension and enjoyment. This reading improvement program produces a simultaneous improvement in the following related skills: listening, speaking, note taking, thinking, and writing.


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