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Study Skills: Reading for Understanding

Use this guide to learn ways to study and learn more efficiently and effectively.


The SQ3R Method is a great way to embrace academic reading!


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Making Connections

MAKING CONNECTIONS teaches students the critical reading skills they need to complete college assignments by using actual textbook chapters, research articles and literary pieces as reading material.

Reading Comprehension Success in 20 Minutes a Day

Quick, critical reading is an essential skill that is used in standardized tests, jobs, schools, and more. Be it literature, essays, tech writing, or articles, this fully updated edition of Reading Comprehension Success in 20 Minutes a Day provides a complete close-reading tutorial in an easy 20-step program.

Reading Skills Handbook

The cornerstone of the Wiener/Bazerman System, Reading Skills Handbook, 9/e, retains the features that have made it a bestseller for more than twenty-five years: flexible format, high-interest readings, clear explanations, and a multitude of practice exercises. The step-by-step approach encourages students to move with confidence from simple to more complex skills. An anthology of readings helps students apply newly learned skills in selections drawn from books, magazines, and newspapers and including essays, articles, textbook pages, journals, fiction, photographs, illustrations, cartoons, advertisements, and Web sites—in short, the wide range of reading opportunities available to today’s readers at home or on the job.

Basic Reading Skills Handbook

Basic Reading Skills Handbook, 5/e, is based on the principle that students need specific skills and high-interest reading materials to improve their reading ability and level of engagement. Following the authors popular two-part handbook/anthology format, the text opens with skills instruction and practice followed by readings and exercises for application. Consistent apparatus and terminology throughout, as well as self-contained chapters, make Wiener and Bazerman s developmental reading system an efficient and flexible teaching tool.

The Evelyn Wood Seven-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program

A system that works; a book that keeps selling. Since 1959, the Evelyn Wood Program of Dynamic Learning has been successfully employed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, helping them break free of the self-imposed shackles that hinder learning. By teaching us to tap the natural power of the mind, the Evelyn Wood method helps us to dramatically increase reading speed, retain more of what we hear and read, improve comprehension and develop our powers of concentration. In just minutes, you'll notice a real difference in your reading speed, and in succeeding chapters of this seven-day program you'll get the secrets of effective note-taking, find tips for instantly improving your writing, and much more.

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How to Read Literature

What makes a work of literature good or bad? How freely can the reader interpret it? Could a nursery rhyme like Baa Baa Black Sheep be full of concealed loathing, resentment, and aggression? In this accessible, delightfully entertaining book, Terry Eagleton addresses these intriguing questions and a host of others. How to Read Literature is the book of choice for students new to the study of literature and for all other readers interested in deepening their understanding and enriching their reading experience.

How to Read World Literature

The new edition of this highly popular guide, How to Read World Literature, addresses the unique challenges and joys faced when approaching the literature of other cultures and eras. Fully revised to address important developments in World Literature, and generously expanded with new material, this second edition covers a wide variety of genres – from lyric and epic poetry to drama and prose fiction – and discusses how each form has been used in different eras and cultures. An ideal introduction for those new to the study of World Literature, as well as beginners to ancient and foreign literature, this book offers a variety of "modes of entry" to reading these texts. The author, a leading authority in the field, draws on years of teaching experience to provide readers with ways of thinking creatively and systematically about key issues, such as reading across time and cultures, reading works in translation, emerging global perspectives, postcolonialism, orality and literacy, and more.

How to Read and Write Critically

To succeed in any assessment, you need to demonstrate critical thinking – but what does it mean to be ‘critical’?

This book takes a hands-on approach to helping you think, read and write critically. Packed with examples from different disciplines and subjects, it talks through dozens of written extracts so you can see what criticality actually looks like.