Humboldt State University

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Learning & Teaching Tips

Getting Students to Read

You’ve discovered that many of your students aren’t reading. Why not? Are you spending too much time summarizing the readings so that students think there is no need to read? Are you not holding students accountable for the reading? Do students fail to see the reading as meaningful and worthwhile? If the answer might be “yes” to any of the above questions then read the following to explore what you can do to get students to read…

Pre-Reading Motivation Strategies:

Reading Assignment Strategies:

Written by: Tasha J. Souza, Humboldt State University

Tip References

Boyd, D. R. (2003). Using Textbooks Effectively: Getting Students to Read Them. Observer, 16, 6. Retrieved from

Hansen, S. (2008). Engaged Reading: Getting Students Beyond the Yellow Highlighter. Workshop handouts presented at the POD conference, Reno, NV.

Hobson, E.H. (2004). Getting Students to Read: Fourteen Tips. Idea Paper, 40, 1-6. Retrieved Sept. 10, 2009, from The Idea Center Web site: