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5 Simple Reading Strategies

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Have you ever read a chapter or an article and then, afterwards, couldn’t remember what it was about? Stay focused and engaged while reading using any of the 6 strategies below.  Have confidence in knowing that you’re getting the most from your reading assignments.  Try all or some of the six strategies to create focus and intention behind reading.  For a printable version, check out the WeBoard


1.  Underline Facts & Key Terms

Use the same color pen to underline or mark facts, such as key terms, theories, formulas, etc. while reading.


2.  Identify Big Ideas

Big ideas are the main points of section or even an entire chapter. As you read, write down 4-5 big ideas from the text. Connect these ideas to you by considering:  

  • How might (big idea) be applied in (blank) profession?
  • How would you personally use (big idea) in your career (or future career)?


3.   Take a Stance

Everyone has an opinion, right?! As you come across thesis statements and main points, identify your own perspective. Do you agree or disagree with the author?  Why/Why not? What would you need to agree with it? What would cause you to disagree?

Place a + sign by statements you agree with and a – sign by those you disagree with.


4.   Summarize it

After reading each section, stop and take a few minutes to write a summary of what you read in your own words. This will help you see what you know and what you may need to revisit. You can also use this summary as a study guide in the future!


5.   Make it Relevant

Determine how this information plays a role in your studies and future career. Consider:

  • What aspects of this reading do I want to learn more about?
  • How will this information play a role in my future career? 
  • What impact does this information have on me?
  • Why would I recommend this article to a peer?

Try one or all of these reading strategies in your next assignment to stay engaged, focused, and to help improve  learning!

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