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While it's perfectly understandable to have these frustrations--heck, we've been known to say some of these ourselves--the truth is that students need our help, and helping them is not something that can be put off for the next class or the next teacher. We cannot change how well-prepared our students are when they come to us, but we can teach effective reading strategies in our courses, regardless of the subject matter. Poor reading is a problem many of our students face, so it is our problem, too. Not all hope is lost; we can help students to become successful and independent readers by:

  • Learning about the reading comprehension challenges of less-experienced and less-prepared students
  • Learning that there are reading comprehension strategies we can teach students to meet these challenges
  • Learning how to select textbooks with formats that allow for a more effective application of these reading comprehension strategies