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The College Reading Success initiative is supported by funding from
DOLLAR GENERAL LITERACY FOUNDATION
and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Western Kentucky University
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|Having the ability to read and being able
to learn from reading are two entirely different levels of print
manipulation. Clearly students who have achieved the criteria for
admission into the university can read. It is also clear that many
students struggle with the volume and intensity of assigned reading
assignments at the undergraduate level. These are students who fall
behind in required readings, read passively and retain little of what they
read, and who lack the study skills necessary to take notes, synthesize
information, and to study for exams or other assessments.
This webpage is intended to:
Identifying specific strengths and weaknesses in reading and study skills can help you focus on aspects of the reading process that will yield the greatest return in deep learning.
1) Select one course to focus on - it should be the one that provides the greatest challenge in terms of text and required reading. After developing strategies and confidence for comprehension in that course, select another course and so forth until you have a reading management plan for all assigned readings.
2) Read the following statements and CLICK ON the one which BEST describes your frustration with the reading in the course you identified in step 1:
State and national attention has recently been brought upon the low literacy levels of high school graduates. Most of these are intelligent people who can score well enough on the ACT to get into college, but who are seriously lacking the reading, writing, and other language arts skills that they need to be successful college students. For some, high school posed no real challenges and they developed poor reading and study habits that include not reading assigned texts, not taking notes, and having few if any strategies for studying for exams. These are deep rooted problems in our middle and high schools and they will not be remedied easily or quickly. The outcome is that many of our college students who could otherwise gain their degrees, fail or drop out needlessly.
Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard, 2004), states:
There are simple and sure measures that faculty can employ that will support students who do not have adequate comprehension skills or study skills. Please select from the list below the area in which you feel provides your students the MOST challenge.
D. While students may be doing the required reading, I still do not feel that they are coming to class with enough background information to be able to fully participate in class activities and learn new concepts. (Retention of information)
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