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But for some people, reading is not fun. It's a chore, rife with frustration and unmet expectations. Usually when a person doesn't enjoy reading it is not a matter of learning disability, nor of intelligence, but rather a lack of strategies through which to engage with the material.
Julie B. Wise, Penn State instructor and reading specialist, is getting ready to launch her book, Reading Secrets, which is designed to teach strategies to increase comprehension and retention of reading material. Ms. Wise works with college and high school students, and also advises reading specialists in school districts around the Northeastern U.S. Her goal in writing the book is two-fold:
- To provide a resource text for teachers to use to improve reading skills in their students.
- To help students transform reading from an obstacle to an integral tool in their success in school, in work, in life.
Skill in reading impacts educational success, which lays the foundation for work that is engaging and financially rewarding. But beyond the obvious, reading helps to connect the reader to other people and the world. It enables an individual to be secure in the lifelong activities and transactions that rely upon reading comprehension - loan documents, insurance policies, contracts, medication instructions.
We'll post "how to buy" information in a few weeks when ReadingSecrets has its official launch. In the meantime, get out there and read!