College reading presents significant challenges, both in the amount of material assigned and in the complexity of ideas presented. Students frequently remark that they have difficulty getting through the required reading in a course, that they have problems concentrating on the material, or that they cannot remember what they have read. They are expected to learn to read selectively, but carefully, to identify passages that require close reading, and to search out the implicit structure of a text. Furthermore, assigned reading is often a diffuse and eclectic collection of primary and secondary sources, rather than sections from one authoritative textbook.
This course is designed to provide you with techniques that can greatly improve your reading efficiency and your effectiveness in extracting information from written text, in college and beyond.
The main objectives of the course are:
- to develop efficient physical reading habits
- to increase reading speed while maintaining/enhancing comprehension
- to facilitate the acquisition of textbook information
- to flexibly adjust reading strategies according to the reading task
- to acquire techniques for successful learning
Offered Fall and Spring semesters.