Teacher Review for Reading Trainer

Great Training Program to Increase Reading Speed for High School/College Learners & Beyond

Wheatley D.
Classroom teacher
Warren Mott High School
Warren, United States
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My Subjects World Languages
My Rating
Learning Scores
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This would be best to use with high school or college students that are having difficulty reading quickly. As students are often expected to read and digest large volumes of reading material at these levels, an app like this might be an incredibly helpful tool in raising their reading rate, or Words Per Minute (WPM). Students would be able to work at their own pace through the app's units, and see their progress at each step.
My Take
I personally love this app. As a reader, I am always wanting to improve my speed and devour content at a more efficient rate. I feel confident that this app will help me do that. That said, I am an adult. This app is beautifully designed, has clear rationale and introductions for every activity, and encourages my progress with graphs and star-ratings after each task. From what I can tell, this app was not created with high school students in mind. This is geared towards professional adults that want to boost their reading speeds. The terminology used, the professional interface, the cost, etc. all reveal that this is intended for higher level learners and readers. However, I could definitely see this appealing to high schoolers (maybe 10th grade and up) and college students. Students at these levels appreciate individualized programs and the ability to improve independently and on their own terms. As a teacher, this might be helpful to generate ideas for how to train younger readers to read more efficiently. This is a hugely beneficial skill, especially with the amount of standardized tests students are expected to take in their academic lives. Teachers could use this app and glean ideas for activities from it, then recreate them on a larger scale in class. For example, there is an activity where users have to search for 2 letters within a word-searchlike grid. This could be created on paper and students could time one another, then track their results on their own. Overall, I am really impressed with how this app drew me in and got me excited about faster reading. I was glad to feel like this app was not only worth my money in its quality and design, but also in its potential outcomes for me as a reader and as a teacher of readers.