The PhotoReading Whole Mind System

(home study course & book)

by Paul Scheele


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“Fly through material at a page a second!!”
“Read at 15,000 to 70,000 words per minute with 75% comprehension!!”

Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Almost too good to be true?

One of the biggest claims in the field of accelerated learning was made nearly 20 years ago by Paul Scheele - that you can effectively learn to read by taking second-long mental photographs of each page. And I’ll admit that the first time I heard of this (several years ago), I immediately dismissed it as impossible.

But when I decided to investigate a little further, what I found was a mixture of pure brilliance and slight exaggeration. But ultimately, it is the most useful reading system for the 21st century.

Currently, there are four routes to learning photoreading provided by Learning Strategies Corporation:

  • The oldest and most expensive is the live seminar held in various locations throughout the US and the world.
  • The second, and cheapest, is the Photoreading book itself
  • The third is the home study course – a collection of eight tapes, two books, plus written materials that cover most of the seminar.
  • And the newest addition to the mix, the Genius Code, a collaboration by Paul Scheele and Win Wenger (reviewed here)

For this review, I’ll walk through the home study course. Then, later in the review, I’ll explain the differences between it and the other routes.


A Shaky Start

Like most home study courses, the Photoreading course starts off with an lengthy introduction designed to open your eyes to the possibilities of the techniques you are about to learn and to propel you forward.

Soon after the introduction, you are taken through a quick n’ dirty photoreading experience by photoreading the dictionary and trying to “recall” the locations of words on the page.

Personally, I’m not sure if this does more harm than good. While it immediately gives the student some experience in the photoreading step (which most likely is why you buy the course in the first place), many must really take a leap of faith and might get discouraged if their results are nothing better than pure random guessing.

To Paul’s defense, he does warn listeners that it may be too soon for some to try this little experiment…so I’ll remain neutral.


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