Is reading a problem for you?
Most students have two basic problems:
read quite slowly
are a lot of words they don’t understand
... but many students do not read English
much outside their course work – so they do not improve
To get better, you need practice – lots of practice! The
most important thing is how many hours you spend reading English,
It is really important to improve before your graduate or
undergraduate course, because you will have to read an enormous
amount as part of most courses.
How to read faster and learn more vocabulary
There are special books, called graded readers, to help you do
this. You can borrow these books from the Language Support
Centre (Holgate 137).
Over time, they will help you learn the basic 3000 words in
English. They will also help you read faster. Read 30
minutes a day.
If you have already reached the top level of graded readers and
are now looking for more challenging reading which is still not too
hard, the University Library is buying some books for you.
Contact Charlie at email@example.com
What else can I do to improve my reading?
- Book a one-to-one appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org
- ... or attend a free class on
- Keep developing your general vocabulary by listening, speaking,
reading and writing English as many hours as possible every
- Expand your academic
- Use the exercises and materials below.
What exercises can you do - and what materials can you
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