Introduction

The Owl readingWelcome to the Online Reading Comprehension Lab! The Reading Lab is the first completely free, comprehensive, online open education resource for college-level reading. It offers a variety of multimedia materials—instructional videos, online exercises, and handouts—that can be used alone or in a course. Use it as a complete textbook alternative for college, high school, continuing education, or training programs.

College-level reading is different from the kind of reading done in high school. The types of texts and assignments differ, but also the expectations for critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of ideas. The more you are able to read effectively at the college level, the greater your chances of having success in college, economic advancement, and a more fulfilling life. The Reading Lab provides more than two dozen interactive, multimedia modules to help develop college-level reading skills and support student success.

This introduction covers four areas:

Active vs. Passive Reading Icon Active vs. Passive Reading: Learn about the difference between active reading and passive reading. Successful readers practice active reading habits that improve their reading comprehension, speed, and enjoyment.
A woman reading a book Learning to Read: Learning to read is not only an essential skill to succeed in school and life, it is also a process that defines who we are. View interviews with students and professors who share their stories about learning to read.
Gears with documents Common Reading Systems: Explore some common reading systems designed to support college-level reading skills.
A treasure map Explore the Reading Lab: See a menu of the topics covered on the reading lab.


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