23 Strategies to Help Students Who Fail to Finish Tasks Because of Reading Issues

Are you looking for strategies to help students who fail to finish tasks because of reading issues? If so, keep reading.

1. Make sure that the reading requirements of the task are within the capacity and ability level of the learner.

2. Record directions, explanations, and instructions to enable the learner’s success.

3. Select a peer to read directions, explanations, and instructions to the learner to enable success.

4. Make the learner orally repeat directions, explanations, and instructions.

5. Read directions, explanations, and instructions to the learner when appropriate.

6. Utilize a sight word-vocabulary approach to teach the learner keywords (e.g., circle, underline, match, etc.) and phrases when reading directions and instructions.

7. Provide all directions, explanations, and instructions orally.

8. Keep all directions, explanations, and instructions to a minimum.

9. Shorten the length of tasks that require reading so the learner can finish tasks in the same duration of time as the other students.

10. Give the learner additional time to finish the task.

11. Provide directions, explanations, and instructions prior to handing out learning materials.

12. Make sure that the learner’s knowledge of a particular skill is being assessed rather than the learner’s capacity and ability to read instructions and content.

13. Provide mobility to assist the learner.

14. Provide a consistent format in which written directions, explanations, and instructions are delivered.

15. Get the learner to practice timed drills consisting of reading instructions, explanations, content, etc., to lessen reading time.

16. Give more than enough time for the learner to finish a task.

17. Assess the clarity and quality of written directions, explanations, instructions, content, etc.

18. Keep written instructions as concrete and straightforward as possible.

19. Minimize distracting stimuli in their surroundings to enable the learner’s capacity and ability to follow written instructions (e.g., place the learner on the front row; give a table or “office” space away from distractions). This should be used as a way to lessen distractions, not as a punishment.

20. Minimize written instructions to individual steps. Provide the learner an additional step after the conclusion of the prior action.

21. Consider using AI to teach reading comprehension.

22. Consider using Alexa to teach reading skills.

23. Try using one of our many apps designed to teach literacy skills and help students with reading issues:

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