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Five Keys to Helping Students Read Difficult Texts

Five Keys to Helping Students Read Difficult Texts Review
Kranti Shaik, College Freshman
Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

This article breaks down the reading process into three different sections: before reading, during reading, and after reading. This article provides five reading strategies that help maximize retention and understanding.

The first tip to reading better is to preview and prepare one-self before starting the reading. Previewing the text will help develop an understanding about what you will be reading and help tie past knowledge/ memory with the reading. Also developing a positive attitude for the reading will motivate the reader to learn and complete the reading. The second tip before starting the reading would be to make a goal of what you what to achieve from the reading. For example, I would like to understand in-depth the process of light dependent process of photosynthesis. Narrowing down the topic of the reading to your goal will tell you what you are trying to accomplish, and help you make decisions as to what is important when reading. The third and fourth reading strategy emphasize that summarizing information and asking question while you are reading the text will help develop an overall understanding for the information. Also asking questions will challenge the reader to think and understand the text better. The last reading strategy is performed after the reading. In order to test oneself's understanding of the material it is best to teach it to someone else. For example, teaching it to your younger siblings will allow you to see if you understand the main idea and if questions are asked and you can answer them then that means you have understood the information correct self correct your faults in understanding the reading.

Five keys to helping students Read Difficult Texts
Maria Garcia , College Sophomore
Chemeketa Community College, Salem,OR

I agree with this review. I am a person who usually does all these 5 keys. I like to skim through the reading and see what it is about and what point I might find difficult for me to understand. When I am reading I like to write down questions that I might have when I don't understand something in the text. This helps me remember the important point of view when I don't understand. These questions I usually write in the margins of my book, or take side notes of anything that I know is going to be important for a test or a project.

5 keys to helping students read difficult texts
Henry Crapser, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

Sometimes a lot can be said in few words and I like the information here in that its short and full of good ideas I especially like "Hold a contest for the students who can predict the most questions you give on a quiz or exam" Anytime learning is made competitive and fun I feel much more engaged!

I never knew how bad I was at academic reading.
Navarre Smith, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I really didn't.

Usually when I read a book, I pick it up, read the information, and try to remember it best I can for the assignment that is required. I never really go very in depth with my text books, because most of them I find frightfully dull. It takes a lot for me to be interested in the subject matter of a textbook. I tend to be one of those students that if I find the subject matter boring I only hold onto the information for as long as it takes to finish the assignment or pass the test.

I think following these steps will help me better comprehend and commit to memory the information I am absorbing. I usually don't do much thought about a textbook before I read it, I usually just pick it up and away I go. I don't spend much time pondering the style or layout. Also during the reading process I very rarely ask questions about the information or question its information unless it is something I am having trouble understanding. The after reading process for me is honestly usually the homework. I read the book, then I do the homework re-reading the information that I can't call on very proficiently.

I think these are some great tips on how to better your comprehension and memory retention when reading a textbook that is, in your opinion, not very interesting.

Textbook reading
Felicia, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem Oregon

This website is great, on it is 5 keys to help you read a textbook. Not only that, but it also has links to click on to show you examples for things like setting purpose before reading, Asking questions while reading, and how to explain after reading. It also has very long paragraphs giving you very good detail, about why the keys are important and helpful. It's very helpful.


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