Then, quickly read the last paragraph of each chapter as these will be chapter summaries. This will give you the big picture of what the book contains and allow you to assess whether or not this book will meet your reading goal. Finally, read through the book at a very high rate of speed. Do not let yourself slow down to absorb details. Run your finger at a rapid pace across the lines of text to make yourself move through the material quickly. Your reason for reading through the entire tome at this high rate of speed is to grasp the basic idea and main points. When you push yourself through the material very quickly, you will see the big picture and appreciate the organization the author has used to explain his thesis.
Did you know that 50% of students in four year colleges fail to graduate? Did you know that the average four year college student who does graduate now takes on average six years to complete their studies? And the Federal Education Department is projecting it will take an average four year college student eight years to complete their studies in another three years from now. Many of these drop outs left college because of the difficulties they experienced with college level reading comprehension. Finally, did you know that 70% of students in two year colleges fail to graduate? That`s right only 30% of two year college students actually graduate. If you were a parent and you thought getting your student into college was a challenge, then guess what? You were wrong. Getting your student a diploma is far more challenging. If you are student and you thought getting into college was the real challenge. Then you were wrong too! One thing is clear. If we are ever going to get back to being a successful nation these statistics must change. Teaching our students how comprehend while reading, improve their math and writing skills will play a major role. Right now the numbers are getting worst. Our economic future is imperiled by this educational crisis. We need to start fixing these problems now, or everyone will suffer in the future. Don`t you agree?
The next time you have a complex text, you will want to learn the new vocabulary, names, numbers, key points, and questions. What else do you think you would need to learn to master any subject? In future articles, I will cover each of these five items in more detail and describe how to learn them. Reading loses its purpose and value if you don`t care enough to understand what every sentence or paragraph means. How to increase reading comprehension should be the business not only of students, but also of professionals. But that doesn`t mean you should pore over books every single minute of your life. To succeed in school or in your career, here are some suggestions on how to increase reading comprehension.