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Gary Probst wrote:

Last week I gave a suggestion on how to put students into vocabulary shock.
Here is another suggestion on how to give them reading shock at the same
time.

After you have the students count the number of new vocabulary terms
introduced in each textbook chapter have them note the number of pages in
each textbook.  Then have the students  determine the number of pages they
must read in a semester..  The number of pages of information which must be
read in a week by a student who is taking five courses will come as a big
shock.  Some courses not only require textbook chapters to be read, but also
require other information to be read such as journals, newspapers and
supplementary books.  I also know a few instructors who assign two textbooks.

For example, an average college student taking a normal load of five classes
would have to read at least five textbooks a semester.   If a textbook
averages 500 pages, this means in a fifteen week semester 2500 pages of
information must be learned from textbooks.  Additional reading assignments
could easily cause a student to have over 3000 pages to read in a
semester.       THIS COMES TO 200 PAGES A WEEK OR 30 PAGES A DAY OF
INFORMATION THAT MUST BE LEARNED.

This can be an overwhelming task to a slow reader or a student who is working
a twenty hour a week job.  Students need to learn study skills that will make
them more effective in their approach to studying.  For example, suggest
outlining on note cards is the best way to review because there is not enough
time  to reread textbook chapters.