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Winter Storm Alert- Tuesday January 27, 2015

Due to the continuing effects of the storm, Juno, all classes are cancelled tomorrow, Wednesday January 28th, including all day school classes, graduate classes, and evening classes through the School of Continuing Education & School of Business. Offices are closed on Wednesday. We expect to resume normal operations and all classes on Thursday, January 29th. For more information and updates, please go to

The weather line can be reached at 401-865-1012.

Speed Reading

Quick Tips Prior to Reading

  • Survey The Information: Look at the information (Chapter Headings, Summaries, Questions at the end of the chapter) this will give you:
    • An idea of what the chapter entails
    • Be able to gauge the difficulty of the material that you are reading.
  • Time Management: Decide on the amount of time you will spend reading the material prior to taking a break (especially if the information is difficult).
  • Speed Reading May Not Be For Everyone: This depends on the information and the extent of your reading comprehension and/or vocabulary.

How To Increase Your Reading Rate:

Take a Speed Reading Test 

  • Visit the O.A.S. Computer Lab: The lab offers Ace Reader. This speed reading software offers a variety of exercises that will increase your reading speed and comprehension.
  • Motivation: This will only improve based upon the amount of time you are willing to put in. In order for you to improve this you must practice your speed reading on a consistent basis.
  • Try To Understand The Concepts: When reading try to get an understanding of the information or the main point, instead of reading each word (this takes up too much time).
  • Avoid Reading Out Loud: This causes you to read at the rate of your speech which can slow you down. You can read more than 2 times faster than you can speak.
  • Avoid Reading Every Word: Do not focus on every word/letter at you are reading. This is another way that will slow down your reading rate significantly.
  • Avoid Regression: When you complete reading a line avoid re-reading words/lines that you have already read.
  • Test Yourself: After reading a paragraph, a couple of pages, or a section, write down a couple of questions that you feel could be on your quiz/exam.
  • Pace Yourself: Use your finger, pencil, or a pen and lightly go across each line that you are reading. As you become more comfortable, move down the middle of the page.
  • Practice: Try to work on your pace first, and comprehension second. Try doing this with a newspaper or magazine-reading each line and as you become more proficient, try reading from the middle of the line and moving straight down.
  • Implement these strategies : Take the Speed Reading Test again to see how your reading rate has improved!

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