I am an American didn't use it for college, but did use it for studying for my exams for licensing in investments. Series 6, 63 & 26 were the exams I took.
I scanned the book numerous times and then buckled down and crammed the old fashioned way for a about a week and then VERY intensely for a weekend and passed the 63.
I used Photoreading for just one weekend for the 6 and scored 10 points higher on that exam.
I did the same on the 26, one weekend and really never even activated the last third of that study manual. Passed that one too.
I'm the only one I know of besides one other; and I've questioned quite a few with Masters Degrees and even years of experience around financial services; that did as "little" and in so short a period of time and passed all three without weeks or months of study and/or getting the "experience" of the exam numerous times before passing.
Also took a course in another subject that was basically 72 hours worth of rote memorization in order to pass the exam. It REALLY required nothing more than literal word for word recall for a perfect score.
Used Photoreading and the "Memory Optimizer" tape to pass and with a well above average grade. (Top 20% of the class).
Really cool to just there with my eyes closed and and practice relaxing and then let the pharses "float up to the surface". I got so excited by this that I couldn't calm myself down enough to get the last couple of words that would have put me in the top 10%!
I would say it works and works well. Also that if you use it for college work it should work great.
My biggest prolem is disciplining myself to do it regularly enough since. I'd really like to be able to breeze through stuff the way Pete Bisonette did on TV. I can't do that although I can't see why our mind wouldn't be capable of doing it if we would just "have fun with it" and alow ourselves to do that.
Coming from a Technical/Engineering background which is similar but not exactly parallel to the sometimes more linear Accounting mindset (no offense intended)can cause us to limit our abilities.
Compare the concepts of Mind-mapping, image streaming, use of the "creative side of the mind and other "free" association skills we are encouraged to develop with the "Rules (of accounting, etc)", "Formulae", "Parameters (for design)" "Laws (of Physics or Finance)" that are ingrained in us in order to say we are knowledgeable in a field. They're great but do tend to cause us to follow certain paths or patterns of thinking even when it isn't neccesary or even could be counter-productive to our real objective.
Side points: 2 stories that show how this creative connectivity is useful for success in even technical or more rigid pursuits come to mind. 1 real and 1 just for fun.
I don't remember the name of the researcher. But her father was in love with bees and filled their house with books on bees. Even his children's rooms were used for the storage of the volumes.
The daughter grew up reading and perusing the tomes with little but more than a passing interest in them. Much less even the thought that the info would be useful to her some day.
She grew to be a research mathematician. (actually a much more creative endeavor than one would imagine when we think of 1 + 1, but more on that later ). Her field of focus was something called 6-dimensional geometry and she was working on several different figures / problems without progress.
Long story short, the patterns started to become familiar to her. She eventually made the jump and connected them to the bees. The bees actually used 6-dimensional geometry in their dances to communicate with one another! She was then instrumental in helping to decipher the "code" they used tell each other where to go, in which direction and how far in order to find the food sources they were after. (Heard this on Science Friday on NPR a few years back, think it was also written up in Discover Magazine)
2) The Vice-president of Finance for the company I work for gave this humorous story about how he got his job.
When going through the final interviews for the position 3 (including himself) were seated in an outer office waiting to be called in turn. The first went in and came out rather quickly and dismayed at losing the position so handily after only being asked one question. He even said as he left: "He only asked one question!?!"
The second entered when called and followed the same pattern, uttering "He only asked me one question too?!".
Harvey, our current VP than said he asked the obvious, "What question?" The dejected graduate said: " 'What is 1 + 1?'"
"What did you say?", Harvey replied. "2, of course and then I was told that my services would not be required at this time but my resume would be kept on file." , the man said as he left the office.
In trepidation Harvey entered for his chance at the position. As he sat the man behind the desk asked the dreaded yet seemingly innocuous question: "What is 1 + 1?"
In desperation and without conscious validation of the process Harvey answered: "Whatever you want it to be." The interviewer smiled and said "Welcome to our company."
Hope you enjoyed those.
Anyway it would seem that the General to Specific pattern that Photoreading recommends would be the logical one to follow.
Use the entire process of Photoreading the texts early to get the info in there. Then allow the letures and the assignments help activate the material.
Doing the assignments individually using the entire system again would sound the info down even more so. Final review for exams would probably include Photoreading notes as well as the text books.
Stressing and worrying will impede you getting the info in or getting it out when you need it. Consistency (in using the process - builds confidence if nothing else. You won't allow yourself to get the 3.5 if you feel inside you don't deserve it, because of not having done the work) Relaxation exercises, sleep, affirmations, fasciantion and fun with the material you're learning will without a doubt get you that 3.5 or better! If you choose to and let yourself do it.
Hope this is helpful.