Top 6 Reading Comprehension Tips
In order to read more effectively, these following steps can be followed: 1) Try to only read when you are fully awake. If you are tired, you will not be able to retain as much information than if you were fully awake. 2) Read for short time intervals to give your brain time to absorb the information. 3) Read in a place where you don’t have many distractions and can fully concentrate on your reading. 4) Comprehend what you are reading. Often times, readers will have their eyes moving down a page but they are not paying attention to the words. Try to ensure that you are getting the full meaning of the entire section that you are reading. 5) Skim what you are reading in order to have a general idea of what you are reading so that you can focus on the important details. 6) Finally, use the textbook to your advantage. Textbooks usually contain bold and italics to highlight important points within the text. Use these to know which information to pay extra attention to.
Reading Comprehension Tips
Reading comprehension is extremely important. Oftentimes, you’ll be tested for what you read, so it’s important that you understand what you are reading. I have some simple reading comprehension tests written up here on the board that I want to go over. The first is: read when you are not tired. This is different times of day for different people, but for the most part, this means do not read at night.
You’re going to be tired from the day’s activity. Oftentimes, people cannot read in the morning either, because they’re groggy from just having woken up. Make sure you read at a time when you are very alert. Read for short time intervals. Don’t try to read for an hour or two at a time, because you’re gonna get tired of reading and not retain what you read. Try to read for 30 to 45 minutes, take a break, and then read again.
Read in a distraction-free environment. Get somewhere where your eyes and ears are not distracted. This means somewhere where there is not a lot of activity and where it is quiet so that you can solely focus on reading. Comprehend what you read. It’s very easy to read a page, for your eyes to move down the page, but for your thoughts to be elsewhere. Stop and ask yourself as you’re reading, “What am I reading? Why is this important?”
You wouldn’t want to get to the end of a book and not have understood anything of the book and have to reread it. Make sure you’re comprehending the book as you read it. Skim what you are about to read first. This means skimming the chapter, reading a title page, reading the preface and introduction, reading a chapter summary, and then reading the chapter in its entirety. Take advantage of the way a textbook is structured.
Oftentimes, a textbook will have major headings, italicized words and words in bold. These are important points that you should take note of. Oftentimes, chapters will have a list of important points at the end and a chapter summary. Read those as well as those re-emphasize the important points of the chapter. Next time you read, remember these reading comprehension tips so that you can retain more of what you read.