While students in the course do increase their reading speed (typically doubling it), the Reading Course is much more than a speed-reading course.
This course helps improve your focus, comprehension, memory, and speed by teaching you to use your mind more actively and your attention more judiciously. Mindful, strategic reading enables you to read not only faster, but more efficiently.
Yes, but if you don't read selectively, you will also miss something because you never get to the end of the chapter, book, or reading list.
Since it is not possible to read every word of every page of every text you encounter, you inevitably need to read some things more closely than others and to skip some things altogether. The Reading Course teaches you to make those choices strategically, based upon your particular needs, purposes, and circumstances.