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Reading Rate (From “The Reader’s Handbook”

Reading Rate (From “The Reader’s Handbook”

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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? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Reading Rate (From The Readers Handbook

Reading Rate(From The Readers HandbookWhat is your reading rat? How many words per minute should a college student read? What should a college students comprehension be?Can you believe that a college student should read 300 words per minute?

A college student should have 70% comprehension too!!Should your reading rate be adjusted according to the type of reading you are doing?If you answered yes, then you are right!!

Remember: An efficient reader should adjust his/her reading rate for the type of reading being doneWhat should I do to vary my reading rate?How can I vary my reading rate?Vary reading rate according to prior knowledge, difficulty, and purpose!


-Do you want 100% comprehension?70 % (reading a newspaper)50% (flipping through a magazine at a doctors office)What are the techniques for faster reading?Concentrate!

Internal distractions and External distractionsExternal distractionsgo to a quiet place to study, turn t.v., radio, phone offInternal distractions (internal voice)Eat before you study, make a to do list before you study, etc.10Stop Regressing!!

This occurs when your eyes are reading but your mind isnt!! When you realize it, you go back and re-read the paragraph (this is called regression)How can I stop regressing?

1. Find out why and when you are regressing2. If your mind is just wondering, break the habit.3. If you simply didnt understand, find out what you didnt understand and fix itthen re-read!Expand Eye Fixations (fixations are when your eyes stop to read)

Try to read at least 3 words at a timenot one word at a time

Read following phraseIn the carDid you make 3 fixations or 2?EntertainmentYou can read this automatically with one fixation

Use peripheral vision on either side of fixation point to help you erad two ro three words per fixation

Take in phrases or thought units that go together

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

Do not vocalize (read with your lips movingtrying to pronounce each word)Preview!! (we know this alreadylook at headings, subheadings, titles, illustrations, italicized words, boldfaced print)Use Pen as PacerUse 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 wordsHelps 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!Sit up straightBe alert and aggressiveTry to read fasterSet goals and pace yourselfCount 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!SKIMSkimming involves skipping words, sentences, paragraphs, and pages

Quick overview of material to find out what reading is about

Similar to previewingSkimming Techniques1. 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 itif not, skip to a paragraph that seems to introduce topic4. Move rapidly, letting eyes float over words.5. Read first sentences if they seem to be summary sentences6. Skip words that seem to have little meaning7. Skip sentence with familiar ideas, unnecessary details, restatements, material irrelevant to your purpose8. Read last paragraph of a section if it is a summaryScanSearching 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

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