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How to improve your reading skills

How to improve your reading skills


One of the best ways to improve your reading skills is to continually find texts to read. If these texts are interesting to you, they can be motivating.

Doing this not only helps with your ability to understand texts but can also help you build your vocabulary and improve your reading speed.

So how do you do this? Here are some tips to get you started.

Get involved in Book Week

Book Week is held at the end of August. There will be a lot of events and competitions to encourage you to read.

Please check your emails and WeChat for more information.

Graded readers in the Study success area

The Study Success area on Level 3 has books that are graded for each language level. These are called graded readers.

You can borrow books from Study Success for free to take home and read at your own pace. We have about 100 books with many different topics, such as:

  • Detective novels
  • Books based on movies
  • Classical books

Join a Book Club

Study Success will be offering book clubs this year.

A book club is where a group of students read the same book over a period of time. Once the period of time to read the book is over, all the students get together to share their opinions. They might talk about whether they liked the book, if the topic was interesting, or which characters they liked and why. 

There are also book clubs and groups you can join outside of RMIT, such as the ESL reading group at Kathleen Syme Library

Use a website to read

ER-Central is a great resource to practice reading. When you join ER central as a student, you can read graded short books, complete quizzes and access vocabulary stores (some books also have audio versions).

Now you have improved your reading, you can now find better ways to practise listening.