The skills taught in this course are designed to help students develop key reading strategies to better comprehend texts in every class.

By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • use textbooks as tools for learning.
  • read strategically by using text features, visual aids, and context clues.
  • skim and scan for key details.

The samples provided in this preview illustrate how these skills are address in the Sylvan Advanced Study Skills program.
 

Reading for School Success Skill #1:

Introduction to Textbook Features

Guided Practice lessons for this skill introduce various text features, Independent Practice lessons allow students to independently complete activities to apply this knowledge, and Skills Application activities prompt students to apply this knowledge to their own school texts. All lessons address the following objectives for understanding text features.

By completing these lessons, students will be able to:

  • identify the purpose and characteristics of text features found in textbooks and other informational documents.
  • demonstrate strategies to understand information presented in different text features.
     

Reading for School Success Skill #2:

Reading Textbooks: English Language Arts

Guided Practice lessons for this skill introduce the characteristics, features, and the organizational structure typically used in English Language Arts textbooks, Independent Practice lessons allow students to independently complete activities to apply this knowledge, and Skills Application activities prompt students to apply this knowledge to their own school texts. All lessons address the following objectives for reading English language arts textbooks.

By completing these lessons, students will be able to:

  • identify the purpose and characteristics of text features found in English language arts textbooks.
  • demonstrate strategies to understand information presented in English language arts textbooks.

Note that this course includes lessons on reading texts related to the four major disciplines: English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
 

Reading for School Success Skill #3:

Integrated Skills-Textbooks/Non-fiction

Guided Practice lessons for this skill introduce the basic comprehension strategies that can be used to understand non-fiction texts across the curriculum, Independent Practice lessons allow students to independently complete activities to apply this knowledge, and Skills Application activities prompt students to apply this knowledge to their own school texts. All lessons address the following objective for using comprehension strategies to understand a text.

By completing these lessons, students will be able to:

  • use a variety of comprehension strategies to make sense of text.
     

Reading for School Success Skill #4:

Skimming

Guided Practice lessons introduce the idea of skimming for main idea, Independent Practice lessons allow students to independently complete activities to apply the concept introduced in the Guided Practice, and Skills Application activities prompt students to apply this knowledge to their own school texts. All lessons address the following objectives for skimming for information.

By completing these lessons, students will be able to:

  • apply skimming techniques to find the main idea.
  • apply skimming techniques to locate specific information.
     

Reading for School Success Skill #5:

Scanning

Guided Practice lessons introduce the idea of scanning for information, Independent Practice lessons allow students to independently complete activities to apply the concept introduced in the Guided Practice, and Skills Application activities prompt students to apply this knowledge to their own school texts. All lessons address the following objectives for scanning for information.

By completing these lessons, students will be able to:

  • understand scanning techniques.
  • apply scanning techniques to find information.
     

Reading for School Success Skill #6:

Scanning

Guided Practice lessons introduce the skill of summarizing text, Independent Practice lessons allow students to independently complete activities to apply the concept introduced in the Guided Practice, and Skills Application activities prompt students to apply this knowledge to their own school texts. All lessons address the following objective for summarizing text.

By completing these lessons, students will be able to:

  • use the main idea and supporting details to summarize a story or passage.