26 Strategies to Help Students Improve Their Reading Fluency

Are you looking for strategies to help students improve their reading fluency? If so, keep reading.

1. Give the learner a dictionary and require them to find the definitions of those words they did not recognize.

2. Get the learner to keep a list with definitions of those words they most regularly fail to recognize in various contexts.

3. Give the learner a quiet space (e.g., carrel, study booth, etc.) where they may go to take part in reading learning activities .

4. Get the learner to read aloud to the teacher each day. Give evaluative feedback.

5. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Competitive learning activities may cause the learner to hurry and fail to recognize words in a particular context.

6. Find words the learner does not recognize in various contexts and put these words on flash cards. Get the learner to match these words to the same words in sentences, paragraphs, short stories, etc.

7. Create a reading “window” for the learner. The learner moves the reading “window” down and across the page as they read.

8. Refrain from placing the learner in awkward reading skills (e.g., reading aloud in a group, identifying that the learner’s reading group is the lowest level, etc.).

9. Minimize the amount of information on a page if it is causing visual distractions for the learner.

10. Make sure the learner is reading content on their capacity and ability level.

11. Give the learner large-print reading content to enable the learner’s success in recognizing words in various contexts.

12. Record complicated reading content for the learner to listen to as they read along.

13. Make the learner read a selection each day that includes the vocabulary presently being studied.

14. Get the learner to read short sentences to make it easier to recognize words in various contexts. As the learner shows success, present longer sentences.

15. Compose paragraphs and short stories using those words the learner most regularly fails to recognize in various contexts. The paragraphs that you use should be of interest to the learner using their name, family members, friends, pets, and exciting experiences.

16. Utilize a lower grade-level text as alternative reading content in subject areas.

17. Minimize distracting stimuli in their surroundings to enable the learner’s capacity and ability to concentrate on what they are reading (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.

18. Get the learner to list those words they most regularly fail to identify into groups such as people, places, food, animals etc., to help the learner know those words in various contexts.

19. Compose notes and letters to the learner to give reading content that includes words the learner regularly has difficulty with.

20. Utilize daily drill learning activities to help the learner memorize vocabulary words.

21. Teach the learner to use context clues to find words not grasped.

22. Spotlight those words the learner most regularly fails to recognize in various contexts.

23. Spotlight those words in reading content the learner is unable to recognize. Get the learner to find those words as they read them.

24. Consider using AI to teach reading comprehension.

26. Consider using Alexa to teach reading skills.

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

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