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  What is college reading?
Reading is a thinking skill; a learned series of behaviors that improve with continued practice.  Attending college means that heavy and/or intense reading will be required at a more rapid pace than most students have ever experienced in primary or secondary education.  Higher education puts specific reading demands on students.  A college student is likely to read 200 pages of text each week.  Being able to comprehend, apply, synthesize, evaluate...  and remember all the information in these weekly assignments are essential to success in college.

The successful college student reads actively: approaches the text with expectations and purpose; searches out important ideas and recognizes their supporting details; uses the text's organizational patterns to make connections between ideas and events  across sections and chapters; and connects the new information to what is already known.  College reading is much more than just retelling or summarizing.

A serious student must have time to read.  Without meaningful blocks of time, quiet, focused time, not much of anything offered in the courses below or the links which follow, will be of any use.   Reading takes time.

 RD 095 and RD 099 - College Reading I and II

RD 095  is the first in a sequence of courses designed to develop reading skills. The emphasis is on improving basic abilities to read and understand paragraphs. Skills include reading main ideas and supporting details, recognizing patterns of organization, reading for inference, and developing strategies for word attack and for building vocabulary.

RD 099 is the second in a sequence of courses designed to develop reading skills. The emphasis is on improving the abilities to read and understand college textbooks. Skills include study skills, dictionary use, context clues, note-taking techniques, test taking, and listening skills. Recommended for native speakers of English

 RD 120 - Reading and Study in the Content Area
The emphasis is on the transfer and practical application of previously learned reading and study skills to print and visual materials commonly assigned in college course work. Materials selected will be field-specific and will focus on such skills as recognizing organizational patterns, main ideas and support, use of textbook aids, reasoning patterns, systems for reading and lecture note-taking, and content-specific methodology. Recommended as an option for students enrolled in entry-level college courses.
 
   
  EN 102 - Learning Community

 

Crack the Code:  Think Like a Biologist

This course is offered as a Learning Community-- BI107/RD120. The RD 120 focuses on critical reading, study, analysis and research writing.  The emphasis is on the transfer and practical application of previously learned reading and study skills to print and visual material commonly assigned in college course work particularly Biology 107.  This is a credit course that does transfer as a lower level elective to the University of Maryland.

Learning Community courses require enrolling in both courses simultaneously.

 



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