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Kim,

Would you share with me as much information as you can about this Davidson
'Speed Reader' program.

Thanks



At 08:43 AM 8/21/97 -0400, you wrote:
>While I realize that I'm getting in on the "tail-end" of this discussion,
>I thought it would be helpful to share with you the outcome of working
>with a particular student this summer.
>
>The student came to me (referred by his Uncle who happens to be a faculty
>member at our University) for help with his study skills.  The first
>thing I did was administer the LASSI (Learning and Study Strategies
>Inventory) to him.  He scored the lowest possible percentile in motivation
>and attitude -- the two main predictors of persistance, and not much higher
>in the other eight scales.  He took a "pre-test" on the Davidson "Speed
>Reader" program and was only reading 147 words per minute (the average
>college student reads about 325-350 per minute).  Although his
>comprehension wasn't bad, his overall skill level was low.
>
>My experience in the past has been that when students come to me for help
>in "study skills," what they really need to work on first is their
>reading speed and comprehension, so I decided to have this students work on
>the Speed Reader program.  After working on the program for three
>straight months (at least twice per week) the student is now reading over
>625 words per minute with 80-100% comprehension.
>
>I'd been waiting anxiously until the end of the summer to administer the
>LASSI to him one more time to see if anything had changed.  To my
>amazement, the student's score this time on attitude and motivation had
>"skyrocketed" to the 75%ile.  He was gaining confidence in his own
>ability!!!  HE was also shocked to see the marked improvement in his
>scores.  I had kept copies of all of his "drill and practice" work and
>presented him with a tidy packet showing his improvement over the
>summer.  He was ecstatic!
>
>Now, obviously, this student had a lot going for him: an uncle who
>supported (and pushed) him, time over the summer to devote to learning a
>new skill, and most of all, the determination to succeed.  But, remember,
>it wasn't there at first.  As he learned to read faster, his confidence
>grew and that seemed to encourage him to go on.  Now, even though we're
>officially finished for the summer, he continues to come into the lab to
>work on his reading techniques.  I can't wait to see how he does in
>classes this fall!!!
>
>I firmly believe that anyone can benefit from working on speed reading and
>comprehension. This example was not an isolated case.  The key is patience,
>making learning FUN, and the student's determination to succeed.
>
>I hope this helps!
>
>Sincerely,
>
>Kim McDonald
>Saginaw Valley State University
>Michigan
>
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