People Read up to 30% Slower on-screen than on Paper, Negatively Impacting Reading Speed and Comprehension

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eSee-N-Read™ is a electronic reading tool for PCs that helps users easily focus on and track text as they read on-screen. eSee-N-Read™ is an effective tool for technology users to improve eye tracking, reduce word and line skipping and minimize fatigue as they read online documents, spreadsheets and content on standardized tests.

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People read up to 30% slower on-screen than on paper

Difficulty with both reading fluency and comprehension is a pervasive issue among students from elementary to college levels. In today’s learning environment, educators are finding that the digital devices hold benefits for engaging students in learning. However, they also have discovered two unique learning issues that are now challenging students when they read using a computer or digital device:

1.    People read up to 30% slower online than on paper. This position is supported by research conducted by by P. Zaphiris, and S.H. Kumiawan, Wayne State University (

2.    Reading comprehension appears to be suffering as students read content online. This position is supported by Benjamin Herold in an article in the May (2014) issue of Education Week, in which he discusses how “…Comprehension may suffer when students read on the digital devices now flooding into classrooms, an emerging body of research suggests.” (

eSee-N-Read™ for PCs is a research-based digital learning support tool based on a patented design that improves students’ on-screen reading processes of:

  •          Reading fluency and comprehension
  •          Left to right tracking and right to left visual sweeping to the next line
  •          Control of readers’ visual fields as they read online
  •          Accurate on-line data input
  •          Reduced fatigue and eye-strain

eSee-N-Read™ is a user-friendly, downloadable tool for PCs that helps users of any level as they read, study, and take standardized tests online. It is based on the patented design of the See-N-Read® Learning Tools suite of products from CadenaSmith Enterprises, Aurora IL ( ).

eSee-N-Read™ is effective as an instructional tool (available individually or with site licenses). It works well as an instructional tool with interactive white boards and projectors to focus student attention on key points during lecture or class discussion since the color can be modified to block visibility of irrelevant information and multiple tools can be active simultaneously.

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