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Strategies for Active Reading
Transcript of Strategies for Active Reading
What should you do before reading a text?
Survey the text
So... How do you preview a text?
key ideas such as bold, underlined, or italicized texts
the title, headings, and subheadings
captions under pictures, charts, graphs or maps
review textbook questions or study guides
introductory and concluding paragraphs
How will previewing help me read critically?
Previewing helps prepare the brain to process information.
Previewing allows you to make predictions, which as you are reading, will help you analyze the information.
Previewing gives you expectations.
Think about it: What happens when you go to the movies without seeing the preview for the movie you are going to watch? Do you know what to expect? How does not knowing anything about it versus hearing a lot about it effect the experience?
You mean I shouldn't just read? I should do something while reading? What should I do?
Pay attention to your responses to the text
Use a personalized set of symbols, numbers, circles, arrows
you may have. Search for the answer or ask in class.
THERE'S NO WRONG WAY TO DO IT!
You mean I'm still not done? What's next?!
What else can I do?
Summaries demonstrate a strong level of understanding. It means that not only have you comprehended the text, but that you can also extract the main ideas and explain them in your own words.
Outline / Map the chapter
provide an excellent way to review later on. Outlines work well for people who like linear representations and maps work well for visual people.
Remembering information, having memories etched into your brain, is like a path you make in the woods. When you continually walk along the same route, the path is clear. If you don't take that same path, it eventually becomes overgrown until it disappears. In the same way, facts that you learn are forgotten when you don't review them.
Your brain is like a muscle. With focused exercises and use, it can grow. Not in mass, but in neuological pathways to new infomation by
If you don't use it, you lose it!
, think of further
How do you annotate?
Take it one section at a time-
Review after each section
Using multiple senses = effective learning:
Seeing, saying, hearing, writing, sharing!
Re-read confusing sentences out loud
Summarize passage in your own words
Read your "talking to the text" responses
Create questions about what you have just read
: write the information in your own words
When we fully understand information (at all cognitive levels), we are better able to remember information. By using strategies such as summarizing, questioning, and using organizers and visuals, we process information with a deeper understanding and stronger connections. As a result, we are better able to appropriately file and retrieve information.
Why are these strategies effective?
Let's review our Active Reading Strategies and Practice together!
Talk to others about it!
Teach someone about it or engage with others in conversations about the subject matter