A common despair among students in my online education courses is that the amount of reading is TOO MUCH!
Dr. Bill Klemm, professor Neuroscience at Texas A&M University Texas A&M University addresses this stressor in his article, “8 Tips To Remember What You Read”
Dr. Klemm explains, “Despite television, cell phones, and Web “twitter,” traditional reading is still an important skill. Whether it is school textbooks, tech manuals at work, or regular books, people still read, though not as much as they used to. One reason that many people don’t read much is that they don’t read well. For them, it is slow, hard work and they don’t remember as much as they should. Students, for example,may have to read something several times before they understand and remember what they read.”
Dr. Klemm advises middle-school teachers (see http://peer.tamu.edu) and these educators report that “many students are 2–3 years behind grade level in reading proficiency.” All forms of media— television, cell phones, and the Internet, lack of family example and reading emphasis, and ineffective reading programs have been blamed for the decline in reading. Dr. Klemm predicts that the decline of reading fluency will “apparently get worse if we don’t emphasize and improve reading instruction.”
Dr. Klemm summarizes 8 practical ideas to help with both reading speed and comprehension. Click this link to read them.