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compass: reading comprehension

  • create a reading schedule: trying to complete a long reading in one sitting may not work for most people. dividing up the reading into smaller amounts of time can help the reading be more manageable and memorable.

  • know your energy level: if you plan to read when you are the most tired, imagine how much you will actually remember from the reading (probably not a lot). find the time when you are able to retain the most by reading during different parts of the day and quizzing yourself the next day.

  • review the previous information: most times, the reading relates to the content you've already learned. do a quick review of the information leading up the the reading to see how it all connects.

  • preview the reading: look through the formatted text (bold, italics, underline, etc.) to get an idea of what to expect in the reading.

  • create a list of questions: prior to reading, create a list of questions and answer them throughout.

  • take active notes on the reading: identify divisions in the sections of the reading where you can test yourself and write a quick summary of what you read.

  • use symbols to identify key points: underline, circle, and use other symbols to more easily identify important things to review.

  • review and reflect: evaluate what you read by writing follow-up questions, and reviewing how it connects to what you already know.

  • compare notes with other students: talk with a classmate about what the reading was about to better understand what you still need to study.

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