Reading requirements in college can be demanding. You are often required to read hundreds of pages of text for a variety of classes and asked to analyze and synthesize the information. Comprehension of texts can only improve when you approach a text in a strategic way. If you want to improve your reading skills, these workshops are for you!
Workshops are free to any Illinois State University student and are designed to prepare you for academic success.
Use the link at the bottom of this page to register for one or more of these workshops.
Being aware of how we approach a text is insightful. At this workshop, we will begin to explore HOW you read and investigate reading strategies such as “think aloud” and “talking to the text”. You are asked to bring a notebook and any class textbook.
Strategic readers stop to think about their reading and know what to do when they don’t understand. At this workshop, we will discuss reading strategies that help to improve comprehension and you will learn how to adjust your reading for different purposes. You are asked to bring any class textbook.
Previewing a text is an important part of the pre-reading process because it activates your background knowledge. This workshop concentrates on strategies to use BEFORE reading. You are asked to bring any class textbook.
What do you do when you come to a word you do not know? Not understanding vocabulary when we read can impede our learning. This workshop focuses on building knowledge of disciplinary language, understanding the difference between linguistic knowledge and conceptual knowledge. You are asked to bring any class textbook.