Vicky Staub, founder and director of Effective Reading Centers, teaches rapid reading classes to UCO students on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Room 105 of Nigh University Center.
Classes offered this semester are almost over, but Staub
said they hope to offer more classes in February.Tuition for the classes is $240 and may be paid off through four- and six-month payment plans. Staub
goal for the classes is to teach students the skills necessary to be able to read something quickly one time while understanding and remembering it.She
said, "I believe I have a responsibility to impart knowledge that will be a valuable resource for the rest of their lives." Staub
said people get more out of their education with improved reading speed, comprehension, concentration and retention.She
helps students improve in these areas by teaching remedial techniques.
In seminars given Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, Staub
informed attendees about several reading problems and taught them basic techniques to overcome those problems. She
said a major problem is subvocalization, or saying the word as you read, which for areas like Oklahoma, where people talk slower, means they read slower too.
Another problem she
discussed was fixation, or reading one word at a time, a technique learned in elementary school that she
says is outdated for college- level work.
A simple mistake made by many readers is regression, Staub
said.Using fingers while reading would solve the problem of rereading the same lines, she
directed students in drills, which involve using the last three fingers of a person's dominant hand to slide across the lines at an increasing speed.She
said this helps them learn to group words together, therefore increasing speed and combating fixation. Staub
discussed retention diagrams as an effective way to take notes.The diagrams use lines to connect main points with details and only use the key words or ideas of those details.She
said the lines help to keep ideas connected and therefore easier to study.Writing just the key words of the ideas cuts down on what the student has to read and allows the student to focus only on the main ideas, she
At the end of the seminar, she
recommended students attend her
classes which would go over more techniques in more detail. Staub, an education psychologist, has been teaching effective and rapid reading techniques for over 25 years. She worked at Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics, a national organization for speed reading, for 10 years as the director of instruction after taking a class there.In 1984 she founded Effective Reading Centers in Austin, Texas. Effective Reading Centers
offers classes to students and professionals alike.The classes last only four weeks with one three-hour class per week.The classes teach more techniques like those mentioned before, and allow the students to practice the techniques they learn.
For more information on Effective Reading Centers
or classes contact Staub
at 1-800-927-9194 .