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Reading Rate (From “The Reader’s Handbook”. What is your reading rat? How many words per minute should a college student read? What should a college student’s comprehension be?. Can you believe that a college student should read 300 words per minute?

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Reading rate from the reader s handbook

Reading Rate(From “The Reader’s Handbook”










  • Concentrate! and purpose!

  • Internal distractions and External distractions


  • Stop Regressing!! and purpose!

  • This occurs when your eyes are reading but your mind isn’t!! When you realize it, you go back and re-read the paragraph (this is called regression)


  • How can I stop regressing? and purpose!

  • 1. Find out why and when you are regressing

  • 2. If your mind is just wondering, break the habit.

  • 3. If you simply didn’t understand, find out what you didn’t understand and fix it—then re-read!



In the car read)






  • Monitor help you Subvocalization (your little voice in your head that reads for you)

  • Do not vocalize (read with your lips moving—trying to pronounce each word)



Use pen as pacer
Use Pen as Pacer subheadings, titles, illustrations, italicized words, boldfaced print)

  • Use pen or fingers pointing under words in smooth, flowing way---moving back and forth from line to line

  • This will improve concentration by drawing your attention to the words

  • Helps you to keep from regressing because you are moving forward and re-reading would interrupt this rhythm.

  • Moving pen down page sets a rapid, steady pace for reading and helps you move from word-by word reading to phrase reading


Push and pace
Push and Pace! subheadings, titles, illustrations, italicized words, boldfaced print)

  • Sit up straight

  • Be alert and aggressive

  • Try to read faster

  • Set goals and pace yourself

  • Count number of pages in reading and estimate according to your reading rate how many pages you can read in 30 minutes

  • PUSH YOURSELF TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL!


SKIM subheadings, titles, illustrations, italicized words, boldfaced print)

  • Skimming involves skipping words, sentences, paragraphs, and pages

  • Quick overview of material to find out what reading is about

  • Similar to previewing


Skimming techniques
Skimming Techniques subheadings, titles, illustrations, italicized words, boldfaced print)

  • 1. Read title, subheadings, italics, and boldfaced print

  • 2. Find out how reading is organized and anticipate location of important points (listing, definition and examples, time order, comparison-contrast, description, cause and effect, problem-solution, opinion-proof)

  • 3. If first paragraph is introduction, read it—if not, skip to a paragraph that seems to introduce topic

  • 4. Move rapidly, letting eyes float over words.

  • 5. Read first sentences if they seem to be summary sentences

  • 6. Skip words that seem to have little meaning

  • 7. Skip sentence with familiar ideas, unnecessary details, restatements, material irrelevant to your purpose

  • 8. Read last paragraph of a section if it is a summary


Scan subheadings, titles, illustrations, italicized words, boldfaced print)

  • Searching for a single bit of information

  • Only want to pinpoint a specific detail or word (like in the phone book or dictionary)


  • When researching you use both skimming and scanning subheadings, titles, illustrations, italicized words, boldfaced print)

  • Example: if you are working on a research paper on paranoia and have 30 sources—you would scan some of the sources that would have the relevant information to your topic and skim to get the main idea.


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