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How to Improve Your Reading Comprehension


Reading comprehension is one of the basic content skills that you need in order to acquire other types of skills. It is essential to success in school, in work, in life.

Reading is crucial to attaining competency in many other skills. But reading ability cannot be taken for granted, even with high school graduates.

Your reading abilities will have a major impact on the options available to you in the types of jobs you will have, who your friends will be, and how you will feel about yourself.

Learning Goals

At the completion of all of the segments of this article, you should be able to:

  • list and describe three purposes for reading while in school
  • list and describe 12 specific steps to improving your reading comprehension and study skills
  • use the provided Internet links to get additional information about the topics of adult literacy and improving reading comprehension


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