If you need to improve your reading speed, you can struggle all by yourself. It’s difficult and time consuming to do things yourself. You need help, but where can you find it? The people at Saint Louis University have developed a program that helps you accelerate your reading speed by presenting word groups in a sequential manner. It’s called a tachistoscope (or rapid-viewer) application that is really helpful. Let’s take a closer look at what it can do. The program works via hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts) and its interface is pretty minimalist. However, the UI is clean and even novice PC users would not have any difficulties learning how to use this program. You can use the program to learn vocabulary, view text files (it allows you to choose the file), proofread large files in a sequential manner, and even memorize texts by repeating them over and over again. You can change the speed at which the word groups are displayed, so don’t worry if the default speed is too fast for you. Language learners can learn to read and understand lexical phrases by seeing them over and over on their computer screen. The software also helps people become faster readers. The program can read and display text from plain text files (not Microsoft Word). If the documents contain lines that are separated by carriage returns, the software can display the lines randomly or in looping sections.
Controlling the program is relatively simple. You just use a set of ‘ customizable ‘ keyboard shortcuts. Buttons and menu items are also present. You can hide the control panel and can change the color of the font, the font family, and even the color of the window. People with eye problems can customize the size and colors of the text for perfect reading. Bottom line, the Reading Acceleration Machine (RAM) is a free program that can help people memorize texts, increase their reading speed, and learn a language through repetition. It’s a small tool that is pretty basic.
It does not have the advanced features of Memorize Anything and ByKi, but it’s not designed to help you learn languages from zero. It is a simple program that displays lines of text randomly or sequentially to help you read them faster and memorize them.