Center for Continuing Studies

Speed Reading and Study Skills Program

The Center for Continuing Studies at St. Cloud State has partnered with Institute of Reading Development (IRD) to implement developmental Speed Reading and Study Skills programs for students. This program is designed and taught by instructors from IRD.  St Cloud State University has offered the programs taught by the Institute since 2012.

The Institute of Reading Development has taught valuable reading skills to more than 2 million students across the United States since 1970. These programs help students become better readers at every age and inspire a love of books and reading.

In just two weekends, this four-day program will make you a faster, smarter reader and a more effective student. You will save time, enjoy reading more, and get more out of everything you read. 

Dates: Sept. 8-9 and Sept. 15-16

Saturdays and Sundays

Time: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. OR 1:30-5 p.m.

This is the only program we will offer this academic year.

To register or receive more information, call the Institute of Reading Development at   1-800-418-7910. 

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Your reading material is piling up and you need to develop the skills to get through it quickly and effectively. You know that understanding and retaining what you read is critical for your academic and professional success.
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Increasing reading speed and improving reading skills will unlock your full potential as a reader.
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You can take control of your reading by boosting your reading speed and learning how to take an active approach to everything you read for school or work. Stronger reading skills will help you save time and accomplish more.

What you'll learn

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In this program you will learn effective speed-reading techniques that may double your reading speed. You’ll also learn how to apply them flexibly, adjusting your speed to meet your needs based on the material and your purpose for reading it. You’ll see improvements in speed and concentration right away using these easy techniques and, as a result, you’ll manage your reading load more effectively.

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You’ll learn an active approach to reading that puts you in control and results in better comprehension and recall. You will learn previewing, note-taking, and analytical reading techniques to help you mentally organize information and remember more of what you read. You won’t need to re-read material as often once you master these techniques.

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When you read faster, with better comprehension and recall, you’ll find reading effortless, enjoyable, and rewarding. The techniques taught in this class will inspire and enable you to read more. To help you select future reading material, you’ll receive a copy of our Lifetime Reading List, which describes more than 1000 of the best books ever written on many different topics.

What is the Institute of Reading Development? 

The Institute of Reading Development is an educational services provider that works cooperatively with local community educational institutions to provide reading programs for students ranging in age from four years old through adulthood. These programs develop and reinforce the reading skills and habits taught in school at each developmental stage. 

The Institute was founded by Paul Copperman, a presidential appointee to the National Council on Educational Research, and the author of Taking Books to Heart: How to Develop a Love of Reading in your Child.

Who are the Instructors?
Institute instructors consistently receive positive evaluations from both students and parents. They are selected based upon five characteristics: they have a strong connection to books and understand the power of reading as a formative experience; they are intelligent and have strong communication skills; they are warm and approachable to students and parents; they have a strong work ethic and solid organizational skills; they have strong leadership skills and take initiative when working with parents and students. All Institute instructors have obtained an undergraduate degree or higher.

All instructors undergo training under the supervision of Paul Copperman, the president and founder of the Institute of Reading Development. Training includes reading theory, classroom management skills, and mastery of curriculum. All faculty participate in weekly professional development meetings with an Institute trainer.

Course Evaluations?
Course evaluations are collected from students and parents at the completion of each program, and these indicate the programs have been well received. 

The teacher was skilled and knowledgeable Yes 100%
I have increased my reading speed Yes 100%
My comprehension has improved Yes 79%
I am better able to recall what I've read Yes 86%

What is the refund policy?
Refund requests must be made in writing and postmarked at least ten days before the starting date of the class. A $15 refund-processing fee is charged per family.

If you need to discuss program details or the suitability of the program for your needs, please the enrollment staff at the Institute at 1-800-964-8888. Tuition may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard), check, or money order. All registrations must be received prior to the first day of class.


  • Sept. 8-9 and Sept. 15-16 (4 half days)
  • Saturdays and Sundays

Choose Times

  • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or
  • 1:30-5 p.m.

Cost: $299, plus materials fee

Materials: Provided on first day of class

Registration with IRD or for more information:

  • 800-418-7910 
  • Tuition may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard), check, or money order.
  • All registrations must be received prior to the first day of class.
St. Cloud State ContactTammy Anhalt-Warner