Here's an easy resolution: This stuff is all free as long as you have access to a computer, and the skills you learn will be invaluable in your career, and/or life in general.
And how do you measure up to everyone in the USA? Bonus points for reading comprehension.
Dr. Seuss wrote in the preface to 'Fox in Socks', "Take it slowly, this book is dangerous".
Free online speed reader lets you paste in text, and then plays it back for you in speed mode.