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Reading Comprehension 101

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Course Description

Whether you are a student who is seeking to pass the reading comprehension portion of such standardized tests as the SAT, ACT, CLEP, College Placement Test, ACCUPLACER, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT, or you need to improve your reading comprehension for work or for other personal reasons, this course is for you. You will learn the best way to approach a variety of reading materials and how to improve both your comprehension and speed when reading those materials.

In today's world it is more important than ever to understand how to draw meaning from what you read. Students and employees are actually required to read more than they ever have in the past--how-to books, technical manuals, and on-line reading resources.  In order to position yourself at the top of your organization or the top of your class, learning to read with greater comprehension is a skill that will set you apart from the competition. 

Whether you already like to read and simply want to sharpen your skills, or you find that you struggle with reading comprehension and speed, this course has something for everyone. It has been said that reading one book a month every month for five years on a particular topic will position you in the marketplace as an expert.  What if you were able to accelerate that speed by reading two books a month for two and a half years, or four books a month for 1.25 years?

Reading is power. Learning to read faster, more accurately, and with greater comprehension is a skill that you need in today's competitive world.

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what reading comprehension is.
  • Describe the four modes of reading.
  • Describe pre-reading techniques.
  • Know types of reading material.
  • Develop the ability to anticipate and predict.
  • Recognize common organizational patterns in reading materials.
  • Define annotation and main idea/theme.
  • Recognize different writing styles and how to address your comprehension needs.
  • Know perspective, language and style when increasing your comprehension in reading.
  • Identify techniques you can use to increase your reading speed and overall comprehension, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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  • Lesson 1: What Is Reading Comprehension

    Reading is a skill by which we can learn just about anything. The better you read and understand what you read, the better you will do in school, in your job, and ultimately in your life.
  • Lesson 2: The Four Modes of Reading

    Just about everyone who complains of not being able to understand or comprehend what they just read suffers from one of four basic problems.
  • Lesson 3: Pre-Reading Techniques

    This lesson will focus on how to approach reading technical materials, textbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Lesson 4: Paragraph Structure

    Reading comprehension is built upon attaching bits of new material to things that you already know. Using pre-reading techniques helps you to develop these connections.
  • Lesson 5: Types of Reading Material

    As you evaluate your reading habits and purposes, you will discover there are a number of reasons for reading anything.
  • Lesson 6: Develop Ability to Anticipate and Predict

    Improving your comprehension is based on the way you approach your material.
  • Lesson 7: Vocabulary

    One of the very best ways to prepare for a reading comprehension exam, or to improve your overall reading comprehension, is to work to improve your vocabulary.
  • Lesson 8: Common Organizational Patterns

    When you begin to understand the organizational nature of material that you are reading, you can begin to anticipate its flow.
  • Lesson 9: Annotation

    Being an interactive reader means you approach your reading with questions in your mind.
  • Lesson 10: Main Idea/Theme

    The main idea of any reading is learned by reading with a questioning mind to determine what the author is trying to say to you.
  • Lesson 11: Anticipation in Reading

    In this lesson, we will discuss three specific methods of presenting information that requires you to interact with the author.
  • Lesson 12: Writing Styles

    Some reading situations require that you figure out what the writer is trying to say by understanding the cause (the person or thing that makes something happen) and the resulting effect (the thing that happens as a result of the cause.)
  • Lesson 13: Perspective

    This lesson deals with perspective, or point of view, a strategy that writers use to more accurately convey their meaning to their readers.
  • Lesson 14: Language and Style

    This lesson will cover one more aspect of reading comprehension, language and style, before we move on to improving your reading speed, which will help you get through some of the mandatory reading you're required to do for either school or your job.
  • Lesson 15: Increasing Your Reading Speed - I

    Learning speed-reading techniques applies to people who need to increase their reading speed.
  • Lesson 16: Increasing Your Reading Speed - II

    Speed-reading is best done when you start with material that is easy for you to read, where it may not matter quite as much how much of the material you comprehend.

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Course Title: Reading Comprehension 101
Course Number: 8900121
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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