Reading Course

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The Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies helps students read more purposefully and selectively, with greater speed and comprehension. The Reading Course is especially helpful for students who find themselves overwhelmed by the volume and complexity of their reading.

Taught since the 1940s, the Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies is constantly being renovated to blend tried-and-true study strategies with the latest approaches to reading and learning in the digital age. About 400 students enroll in the course each year.

Current Reading Course Sessions for 2017-18

Summer Session:

  • June 26 to July 6 (no class on July 4)
    Monday - Friday, 3:30pm - 4:30pm (course begins on a Tuesday)

Advance registration is required.

Past Reading Course Sessions for 2017-18

Spring Session:

  • February 5 to February 9 (1 week)
    Monday - Friday, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Fall Sessions:

  • September 11 to September 15 (1 week)
    Monday - Friday, Friday, 8:00am - 10:00am (tailored for non-native English readers)
  • September 18 to September 29 (2 weeks)
    Monday - Friday, Friday, 8:00am - 9:00am 
  • September 18 to September 29 (2 weeks)
    Monday - Friday, Friday, 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
See also: Reading Course