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General Reading Comprehension



Tips to improve your reading comprehension in general. Includes ideas on how to approach the assignment and how to read comfortably and without distraction.



Very extensive list of links for reading tips. Detailed information about locating main ideas, reading graphs, reading in the sciences, and marking texts and making margin notes. Useful steps for reading different types of assignments.



Descriptions of and instructions for a wide variety of graphic organizers to help reading comprehension. Includes comparison-contrast charts, question-answer relationships, selective underlining, and summarizing. This site is designed for teachers, but can easily be used by students. Very clear instructions and helpful graphics.



Offers very detailed information on the purposes and advantages of reading comprehension strategies, and suggests specific ideas to improve comprehension. Very advanced descriptions and definitions, but interesting background on reading comprehension in general.



Great background information on reading comprehension and different strategies. A list of useful links for understanding the reading process, identifying topics and main ideas, converting words into pictures, and many more. Detailed and helpful- lots of useful information and ideas!


Text books



A simple overview of the contents and format of textbooks. Explains the purpose and uses for textbook components like the table of contents, glossary, chapter introductions, answer keys, and maps and diagrams. Great general information relevant for many different types of textbooks.



A very extensive and useful list of ideas for reading and studying with textbooks. Gives background on the anatomy of a textbook and how to survey a textbook chapter, marking your text and taking notes, and how to read effectively at the university level and in the sciences. Each section includes easy steps for reading and studying strategies and very helpful tips.



Detailed tips on increasing reading speed, reading difficult texts, and concentrating while reading textbooks. Also includes a link for reading strategies for different types of courses, like math, biology, psychology, etc.





A very extensive site on vocabulary building. Includes a very informative introduction on the value and purpose of vocabulary and gives background and specific suggestions for many different strategies of vocabulary building. Covers etymology, using a dictionary, common word roots, context clues, and more.



A very interesting site listing the most common errors In English. Includes pairs of words most often confused and vocabulary that is frequently misused.


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