Q. What is active reading? How do I do it?
SQ3R is a reading strategy that include pre-reading, active, and post-reading elements.
More on active reading:
Active reading means the reader is engaged in the text that he or she is reading. You can be an active reader by....
- Reading with a specific focus
- Keep in mind what information you are looking for as you read
- Find two or three things your instructor might put on the next test
- Separate main ideas from supporting details, fact from opinion
- Breaking the text up into portions
- Do not feel you have to read the whole text in one sitting
- Set a timer and stop after 20–25 minutes and take a 5-minute break
- Before you begin reading again, think about/process what you were reading
- Skip around in the text to find relationships among ideas in it
- Questioning the text as you read
- Did the author get everything right?
- Is there information you expected to find but did not?
- Did any information surprise you?
- What do you want to know more about?
- Write questions in the margins
- Taking notes as you read
- While reading the chapter, write symbols next to the sentences as you think they are necessary.
- Construct your own code for things that you agree/disagree with, are noteworthy, are confusing, etc.
- Write down important points and facts you want to remember
- Consider using formalized note-taking system for note taking, like the Cornell system
- Have someone "quiz" you a day after the reading to actively check your comprehension of the material
If you get stuck...
- Use context clues, charts, tables, and pictures to help you understand the information
- When you come across unknown vocabulary, try to guess what the word means based on content, and circle words to come back to later if you need to
- Don’t fixate too long on one word because it could cause you to lose your momentum
- Ask for help when you need it!
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