Speed Reading

Faculty Sponsor

Rachel Murray


Arts and Sciences


Social Work

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-29-2021


As a college student and emerging social worker professional, I learned that being a lifelong learner is crucial when pursuing any career. As a lifelong learner, you will come across new information continually, whether formally or informally. I saw it as crucial to obtain and understand several evaluative methods and interventions for individuals, families, groups, and communities. However, I saw a stumbling block; my reading pace.

Obtaining a large amount of information comes with constant reading and critical thinking, which is what influenced my project. I conducted a single-subject experiment that would examine and improve my reading pace. I noticed that my reading pace when reading materials to prepare for homework and/or in-class assignments negatively affected the tasks I wanted to complete outside of school. Time was a major element. With that being said, I utilized a Words Per Minute (WPM) Reading Test to assess and record my reading pace once a week. My intervention were reading exercises, from an application called ReaderPro. Not only did I focus on my pace, but I focused on my comprehension level as well.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Jamie is a senior at Valparaiso University pursuing a Bachelors in Social Work, and she currently resides in Gary, IN. As a personal and professional interest, she has a drive to learn, understand, and apply information that would benefit one’s cognition. She hopes to apply this knowledge to each of her professional settings.

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