Scientology training allows individuals to learn at their own pace. Each course is organized around what is called a checksheet, another innovation in the technology of study developed by L. Ron Hubbard. A checksheet is a means of arranging and presenting the materials of a subject in a step-by-step manner to facilitate learning. Checksheets lay out the sequence of study and the practical application drills to be followed.

The materials of a Scientology training service consist of books, other publications, films and recorded lectures by L. Ron Hubbard. These are laid out in the checksheet and the student studies them in the order listed. The individual progresses from one step to the next only when he is ready. There is no “getting left behind,” no expecting him to blindly accept the data, or other such humiliations all too prevalent in the society’s educational system.

Since the emphasis is on doing, not study for the sake of study, the individual soon finds himself working with others on the practical aspects of his course, studying together to become proficient in what they have learned. An atmosphere of mutual assistance pervades every Scientology course room.