Academic Affairs Office

College Success Center

Reading  

Lead Instructor: Hollie Benson    231.777.0331     Hollie.Benson@muskegoncc.edu   
Paraprofessional: Carol Neal       231.777.0343     Carol.Neal@muskegoncc.edu

 Everyone can improve his/her reading skills. Comprehension skills can be enhanced; new words added to one's vocabulary base, and your current reading rate can be raised. Our reading courses are designed to take you from where you currently are and help you improve as much as possible. Questions? Please call us or come visit us. 

  Course Descriptions: 

 

RDG 040 Essential Reading Skills (formerly RDG 040C) -- 3 Cr. Hrs. -- 3 Contact Hrs. This course is for students scoring below 10th grade level on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test. Topics covered includes  prefixes, suffixes, vocabulary, reading for the main idea, and identifying supporting details. Course includes weekly assignments, some one-on-one and small group instruction. Additional lab time and/or small group meetings are required.

RDG 050 Essential Reading Skills (formerly RDG 040A) -- 1 Cr. Hr. -- Variable Contact Hrs. For students reading below 10th grade level. Course instructions includes word attack, prefixes, suffixes, vocabulary, reading for the main idea, and finding supporting details. Course includes individualized weekly assignments and private instruction. Additional lab time and /or small group meetings are required.    

RDG 060 Reading and Succeeding in College (formerly RDG 040E) -- 1 Cr. Hr. -- 1 Contact  Hr. Prerequisite: RDG 040 (formerly RDG 040C) or RDG 050 (formerly RDG 040A). Each student will have an individual weekly appointment with an instructor. Course instruction will cover the following: time management, concentration strategies, reading strategies, how to read and study a textbook assignment, how to take lecture notes, and how to study for tests. Additional lab time and/or small group meetings are required. Note: We recommend that students are also enrolled in a class which requires a textbook and has an instructor lecture. It is NOT recommended that students enroll in College Success Seminar (CSS 100) during the same semester. 

RDG 130 Advanced Reading Skills I -- 1 Cr. Hr. -- Variable Contact Hrs. This course will provide individualized weekly assignments and private instruction tailored to meet the students needs. After the student completes a pretest, the instructor and student will decide whether the primary focus will be vocabulary development or comprehension. Course work for vocabulary development builds a practical college-level vocabulary by teaching Greek and Latin etymology, dictionary skills, vocabulary memory devices and use of context. Course work for comprehension improves reading speed and develops comprehension of main ideas and details. Additional lab time and/or small group meetings will be required.

RDG 140 Advanced Reading Skills II -- 1 Cr. Hr. -- Variable Contact Hrs. Prerequisite: RDG 130. This course is designed for students who have already completed RDG 130 and wish to further improve their reading skills. It will provide individualized weekly assignments and private instruction tailored to meet the student's needs. After discussing the student's work and test scores from Reading 130, the instructor and student will decide whether the primary focus will be vocabulary development or comprehension. Course work for vocabulary development builds a practical college-level vocabulary by teaching Greek and Latin etymology, dictionary skills, vocabulary memory devices and use of context. Course work for comprehension improves reading speed and develops comprehension of main ideas and details. Additional lab time and/or small group meetings will be required.

RDG 150 Study Skills/Test Taking (formerly RDG 134C ) -- 1 Cr. Hr. -- Variable Contact Hrs. This course teaches time management, concentration, memory improvement, note taking, test taking, text study, and college library skills. Note: We recommend that students taking RDG 150 also take at least one lecture-type college course during the same semester.  It is NOT recommended to take College Success Seminar ( CSS 100 ) during the same semester.