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What to Do When Students Don't (or Won't) Do the Reading

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Research has demonstrated a strong connection between effective reading habits and academic success. And yet, if you are like most college instructors, you probably have students in your classes who try to get by without doing any of the assigned reading, who read only very superficially, or only right before the exam. Alternatively, you may have students who struggle to even glean the main points from a reading assignment. What are the most effective ways to deal with the challenge of students who don’t—or can’t—read? Join facilitator Michelle Hardee for an interactive workshop that will explore recent research on the reading process, discuss reasons why students find academic reading so daunting, and share hands-on strategies for designing assignments that encourage students to become more motivated, effective readers. The workshop will end with an open question-and-answer session and discussion of challenges participants have faced in their own teaching.



Michelle Hardee
TA Training Program Manager, Center for Teaching Excellence

Michelle L. Hardee is the program manager for graduate student TA programs in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She received her Ph.D. in marine science from USC. Throughout her career, Michelle has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training. She taught throughout her graduate program, as an instructor at Coastal Carolina University and as an adjunct professor of geology at the College of Charleston, and is currently an instructor in the Marine Science Program at USC.



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