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Excel@Reading Course

Dates: Typically held during the first few weeks of each semester, this class meets twice a week for one 50-minute session per day for a total of 11 sessions. When possible, this class is offered at various times during the day to accommodate students' schedules. Class sizes are limited to no more than 25 students.

The Spring 2017 class will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. January 24 through February 28.

Online registration for Spring 2017 classes is open October 17 - January 18. 

Cost: $99

Required book: Breakthrough Rapid Reading by Peter Kump

ISBN-10: 0735200197
ISBN-13: 978-0735200197

Textbooks are available through the university bookstore. Search using the code CEEE-0301.

Section Meeting Times Being Offered for Spring 2017

Tuesdays and Thursdays (begins Tuesday, January 24)

  • 8:30 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.

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Excel@Reading Workshop

Date: Monday, October 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This workshop is for those who don't have time for the whole course or who are interested in learning more before registering for the whole course. Students will learn some of the skills as well as an overview of the full course. 

Online registration for Fall 2016 is open September 26 - October 19. 

Cost: $10

Nature of the Course

This course trains students to use a variety of survey, reading, and self-pace techniques. The goal of the course is to extend reading-rate ranges to increase comprehension and retention. Because it is an intricate skill that must be applied differently to different kinds of material, efficient reading demands flexibility. Students will learn to read quickly while critically evaluating the material and maintaining a clear grasp of the ideas in the text.

This program is appropriate for any student desiring to improve reading performance. Many first-year students prepare for success in college by fortifying some of the most critical skills needed for top academic achievement -  reading efficiency and comprehension. Upperclassmen headed for graduate studies have found this course dramatically improved their reading performance as well.

What is the Data from Fall 2015? 

In only five weeks

  • 71% of students doubled or more than doubled their reading rate score.
  • Reading comprehension increased on average 52%. 
  • Recall of information increased on average 40%.
  • 54% said their time spent reading texts was significantly cut or cut in half.
  • 89% would recommend the class to others.

Student Comments

  • “This isn't a class that will magically make you read better, but they give you the information you need. I really worked hard and saw huge improvement.”
  • “All I can say is it took me from 155 words per minute rate to 600-700 words per minute rate.”
  • “(This was) a wise use of my time. (I) would recommend it to all students. Even as valedictorian of my class, a pharmacy major, and an avid reader, I was surprised to see my score increase so much!”
  • “I have learned that I don't have to sacrifice recall for speed!”
  • "It was extremely helpful! Best choice to help reading. I feel like I can finally do well and get through all of the huge amount of reading from classes."
  • "Even if you think you are a decent reader, this class will open your eyes to different, helpful techniques to improve your reading immensely."
  • "It has dramatically changed how I approached reading and studying. It took very little effort on my part to increase my reading rate and comprehension. And it saved me hours while writing."
  • "The class is very helpful because the concepts are very relevant and applicable right away!"
  • "It's 50 minutes eleven times which will save you many hours each year of college in reading time."
  • "This class helped to make a large amount of reading for a class less intimidating."
  • "This class changed my perspective on reading and increased my reading comprehension so I stress less about taking tests."

Students may register online for the section of their choice. Enrollment will remain open until the Wednesday before the reading classes begin. Any payments after this deadline will incur a $25 late fee. If a student's schedule changes, the student is responsible to contact the Center for Lifelong Learning, which will find another section to better meet their needs.

No refunds will be issued after the registration deadline. If a student wishes to withdraw, they must do so no later than one week before the reading classes begin, in which the course fee (minus a $35 processing fee) will be refunded.

Sections with insufficient enrollment will be canceled and students will be enrolled in another section. If the course time conflicts with a scheduled class, the course fee will be returned in full only if no other section will fit the student's schedule. A confirmation of the class meeting time and room location will be emailed to the student the week before the reading class begins.

The Center for Lifelong Learning reserves the right to cancel a section or course due to insufficient enrollment.