What is active reading?


We all read regularly but what percentage of material we remember after one or two readings? Well, that depends on our learning technique if we are reading actively or passively. Active reading is the one in which we concentrate on ideas whereas in passive reading we just focus on words.


How active reading helps?


Saving of time– If we have to write an essay, the best thing to do is active reading through which the ideas of the content will be put into an essay. It will save the time as well.


Better structuring– In the exam, all the essential traits of the topic will automatically come into mind. There will be better structuring and formatting of the answer which will help fetching good grades as the answer reader will face no boringness while reading the particular essay or answer in the exam.


What are the stages of active reading?


It involves four stages in general which are as follows:


Previewing- have a general view of the content and questions asked in the essay or while writing the exam constitute previewing stage.


Marking- marking the important words and sentences with the pen will automatically make those sentences to be kept in mind for long


Reading with concentration– have read with full concentration. Focus not only on words but the essential idea is given in the essay. Sometimes words are indifferent to the ideas.


Reviewing – have a final glance at the content so that whatever read is retained in the mind.


What are the strategies of active reading?


Following are the strategies of active reading which will help generate an awesome web of words and will fetch good grades. (it is said that words talk so talk with examiner through the words in the exam )


Assimilating old and new ideas– activate background knowledge so that old and new ideas can be mixed up.


Questions framing– each sentence can be viewed as a question so it will be easy to answer in the exam


Analyzing– analyze the text structure and understand the main idea behind the topic


Visualization– form visual images of the text that will help in easy capturing while writing a test.


Summarizing– remove all the unnecessary content from the mind and summarize the ideas.


Thus active reading will increase the writing speed. All the relevant things will suddenly come into the mind without wasting the time. Ultimately, the outcome will be good grades.

J. M. Lemmon

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