To improve class time, when asking students to pre-read for a class, make that reading more directed. Pose a question to students that they need to answer through the reading, or have them think of a problem that needs to be solved using the material covered in the reading.
With our full time programs, students have reading and homework in every class, it can be very tempting for students to ignore reading requests. This is especially true when the assigned reading is a generic statement such as “read chapter 2”. By giving a focus, “read pages 5 – 10 in chapter 2, and think how this applies to you, living in Winnipeg” for example, provides a context that allows students to narrow the focus and use their reading time more wisely.