Reading Rate and Comprehension

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 20 students.

Fall 2014 classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9/2 - 10/7) and Mondays and Wednesdays (9/3 - 10/8). Online registration will be available through Wednesday, August 27.

Spring 2015 classes will be offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings January 20 through February 26.

Cost: $99

Required book: Breakthrough Rapid Reading by Peter Kump
ISBN-10: 0735200197
ISBN-13: 978-0735200197

Section Meeting Times Being Offered for Spring 2015

Tuesdays and Thursdays (begins Tuesday, January 20) 

  • 7 p.m.

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 take this course to fortify one the most critical skills needed for success in college: reading efficiency and comprehension. Upperclassmen have also used this course to dramatically improve their reading performance in preparation for graduate school.

What is the data from 2014 -15? 

In only five weeks

  • 73% of students doubled or more than doubled their reading rate score.
  • Reading comprehension increased on average 48%. 
  • Recall of information increased on average 34%.
  • 62% said their time spent reading texts was significantly cut or cut in half.
  • 85% 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 to all students. Even as valedictorian of my class, a pharmacy major, and an avid reader, I was surprise 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!"

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.