Harry Teacher Guide to Reading Comprehension

Have you ever read a paragraph or even a sentence and then when you try to remember what it said your mind is completely blank?

Reading comprehension is an important part of learning, and people who have learned the tricks and techniques not only remember what they have read about but can use the knowledge towards other areas and subjects in their lives. It's like stacking blocks of memories to build a fortress of knowledge.

There are many ways you can work on your reading comprehension. By using these techniques you'll do better on tests and learn more from what you are reading.

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By remembering the acronym SQ3R, you will be able to utilize these steps towards better understanding of your reading. SQ3R stands for survey, question, read, recite and review. Here is how they work:

Survey the material you are reading before you start really getting into it. Read the first sentences to paragraphs, headings, key words and read chapter or story summaries to understand what you are reading about. Looking over questions related to the material also helps. This will help perk your interest in what you are about to read.

Question what you are reading. Don't just take it for face value. You want to know everything about what you are reading about, both so you can get a good grade and to remember it for future use. Ask yourself, or write in a notebook:

- What is the main point of this chapter/sentence/paragraph?

- What evidence supports the main point? Use examples in your answer.

- How does what you've just read relate to your life, the rest of the chapter or book? Why is it important?

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By asking yourself questions before you start really reading the material you are already asking your brain to seek out the answers.

Read or skim through the section. See if you can find the answers to the above questions. Write the answers down, and anything else you have questions about or feel is important.

Recite your reading material. Reading out loud helps to overcome hard words or confusing sentences. Try to answer your questions again but without looking at anything. See if you've memorized anything you've read. Saying things out loud is a great way to remember them.

Review what you've read by going back and highlighting, underlining or taking notes on the main points. Read back through all your notes and come up with a summary in your own words. If you can do the summary without too much difficulty you know that you've comprehended, or understood what you've just read. Congratulations! This method may take a little more time than speeding or skimming through text for answers but it will save you a ton of time in the long run. Plus you'll also be able to actively discuss the topic or material.

Reading comprehension comes easiest when you are interested in what you're reading about. If you are given a reading assignment or are trying to pick out a book at the library try to pick up something you think you would be interested in learning more about. This way reading becomes more of a fun activity than a chore.

Use these steps every time you need to complete an assignment in class and you will have it down like a pro in no time. Plus you'll be able to carry on knowledge from each thing you read instead of having to learn it all over again every time. Happy reading!

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