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Institute of Reading Development

Reading Programs for Children and Adults

South Dakota State University, Academic and Career Success Program is proud to offer the Summer Reading and Writing Skills Program as a community service to families throughout Sioux Falls. Since 2012, this program has helped students in our community build strong reading skills and develop a deep love of books and reading. The program is designed and taught by the Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide leader in reading skills instruction.

For information or to enroll online, please select an age group below:

To speak with an IRD program coordinator or enroll by phone, call 800-964-8888.
7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun.

For program locations and schedules in your area, select a program level above. The summer reading and writing programs are available in Sioux Falls and online.

Reading Skills Program is a non-credit program offered in partnership between South Dakota State University (SDSU) and the Institute of Reading Development (IRD). IRD is an independent organization and not an entity of SDSU, the SD Board of Regents or the State of South Dakota. Registration, collection of tuition, curriculum design, locations, times and customer service are the responsibility of IRD. Instructors are employees of IRD.

Fall Speed Reading and Study Skills

In just two weekends, the Fall Speed Reading and Study Skills program will make you a faster, smarter reader and more effective student. You will cut the time you spend on required reading in half and the reading you do for pleasure will be faster and more enjoyable.

Key benefits of this program:

  • Learn several speed reading techniques
  • Comprehension, concentration and retention strategies
  • Double your speed in materials ranging from novels to nonfiction
  • Learn how to adapt your approach based upon the type of material you are reading and your purpose as a reader.
  • Be able to prepare for tests efficiently, without extensive rereading

Instruction for this course is provided by the Institute of Reading Development. The Institute has provided instruction for South Dakota State University for the past six years, and also teaches for many other leading universities and colleges.

Your enrollment includes a lifetime instruction privilege, which allows you to repeat the program any time at more than 700 locations nationwide – for free!

Program Dates

This four-day program will meet on Saturdays in September. Exact dates and times coming soon.


This is the only Speed Reading and Study Skills program that will be offered this academic year. To register or receive more information, please call 1-800-418-7910. We encourage you to enroll early, as class size is limited.