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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.

Course Requirements

There are no educational requirements for taking this course other than a high school reading and writing level in English.

Course Outline


Lesson 1: What is Reading Comprehension

Lesson 2: The Four Modes of Reading

Lesson 3: Pre-Reading Techniques

Lesson 4: Paragraph Structure

Lesson 5: Types of Reading Material

Lesson 6: Develop Ability to Anticipate and Predict

Lesson 7: Vocabulary

Lesson 8: Common Organizational Patterns

Lesson 9: Annotation

Lesson 10: Main Idea/Theme

Lesson 11: Anticipation in Reading

Lesson 12: Writing Styles

Lesson 13: Perspective

Lesson 14: Language and Style

Lesson 15: Increasing Your Reading Speed - I

Lesson 16: Increasing Your Reading Speed - II

Grading Policy

90 - 100 % = A
80 - 89 % = B
70 - 79 % = C
Below 70 = F

Each lesson will be followed with a related exam and assignment so students can test comprehension of lesson material.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1: 20- Minute Reading2
Lesson 1 Exam8
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2: 20-Minute Reading (Practice a Speed reading Technique for 20 minutes)2
Lesson 2 Exam7
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Pre Viewing Techniques 10 minutes pre reading/ 10 minutes regu2
Lesson 3 Exam9
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Advanced Pre Viewing Techniques with Paragraphs)2
Lesson 4 Exam7
Lesson 5: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Reading Technical Material )2
Lesson 5 Exam5
Lesson 6: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Interactive Reading)2
Lesson 6 Exam8
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Expanding Your Vocabulary)2
Lesson 7 Exam7
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Identifying Organizational Structures in Readings)2
Lesson 8 Exam7
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Annotation)2
Lesson 9 Exam8
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10: 20-Minute Reading2
Lesson 10 Exam7
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11: 20-Minute Reading2
Lesson 11 Exam8
Lesson 12: 20-Minute Reading (change reading material)2
Lesson 12 Exam8
Lesson 13 Assignment25
Lesson 13: 20-Minute Reading2
Lesson 13 Exam10
Lesson 14 Assignment25
Lesson 14: 20-Minute Reading (change reading material)2
Lesson 14 Exam9
Lesson 15 Assignment25
Lesson 15: 20-Minute Reading (Practice Reading with your Peripheral Vision)2
Lesson 15 Exam10
Lesson 16 Assignment25
Lesson 16 Exam10
The Final Exam54
Total Points:513

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