Here you will find selected links to online explanations, exercises, quizzes, tools, and resources that you can work on on your own.
If you are interested in improving your skills and would like to explore on your own, click on any of the links below to see what might help you the most.
General Reading and Pre-Reading Strategies
Cuesta College's "Clues to Finding Main Ideas" with links to many other reading strategies.
How to maximize comprehension by marking your texts.
How to read an essay (or an article or chapter)
How to read a difficult book
Course on speed reading with links for vocabulary and reading and study aids
The Resource Room: vocabulary and reading comprehension exercises
- http://cwabacon.pearsoned.com/bookbind/pubbook /seyler_ab/
(click "Select a Topic" mid-page for exercise sets). Allyn & Bacon Reading Skills: A variety of vocabulary and reading exercises
- http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/courses/elc/studyzone/570/pulp/hemp11.htm Critical Reading Exercises: A variety of critical reading exercises.
Textbook Reading Strategies
Great reading techniques, available in many languages
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: Study Skills Self-help Information
Reading Comprehension Strategies
Dartmouth's Reading Your Textbooks Effectively
Chapters, Articles and Stories for Practice
You may want to print pages from this site so you can take notes and mark as you read:
Click on a category, choose a story, then click on "story". Read the story, then choose vocabulary and comprehension activies.
Knowledge and skills play a big part in reading comprehension. To work on your vocabulary, see the links in Vocabulary.