Reading Comprehension Tips

One of the most important elements is Reading Comprehension.

You will often be tested about a piece that you read; therefore, it’s crucial that you really do understand the things you’re reading.

1. Read the passage below and answer the question that follows it.
Why is Anastasia crying?Anastasia sat by the fountain in the park with her head in her palms. She was weeping mournfully and wearing all black. In between gasps and sobs, Anastasia cried out, “Oh... John…” And then her cell phone beeped. Her hand dived into her purse and her heart skipped a beat. It was a text message from John! She opened up the message and read the few stark words, “I need to get my jacket back from you.” Anastasia threw her head onto her arms and resumed sobbing. 

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2. Which of the following best explains the problem with the analogy below?

'Students should be allowed to look at their textbooks during examinations. After all, surgeons have X-rays to guide them during an operation; lawyers have briefs to guide them during a trial; carpenters have blueprints to guide them when they are building a house. Why, then, shouldn't students be allowed to look at their textbooks during an examination?”


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I’ve written some reading comprehension tips here on this board that I’d like to go over with you. The first tip is Don’t read when you’re tired. Not being tired is at a different time for different people, though generally, this means: don’t read at night as you’ll be tired from activities during the day.

Often, people are not able to read in the morning as well because they’re a bit groggy from having just woken up. Be sure to read at times when you’re really alert and try to read with short intervals of time. Don’t read for hours at a time. You’ll be tired of reading so you can’t retain the things you’ve read.

The best is to try and read for some 30 to 45 minutes. Then take a break after which you can start reading again.

Please read in an environment that’s distraction-free. Go to a place where your ears and eyes will not be distracted. Try to find a place where there’s not so much activity, and that’s quiet, so you can entirely focus on your reading.

Comprehend the things you’re reading. It’s pretty easy just to read some page and that your eyes will be moving down that page, but your thoughts may be elsewhere. If that’s the case, stop reading to ask yourself, “what am I actually reading?”. Now, why is this so important?

Well, that is because you don’t want to finish a book without having understood what exactly was in that book, do you? You would have to reread the book. So, be sure you comprehend what’s written in the book while you’re reading it.

Skim the things that you’ll be reading first. In other words, skim the chapter. Read the title page, read the preface and the introduction, read the chapter summary, and only then read the entire chapter.

Take may take advantage of how textbooks are structured. Often, textbooks come with major headings, some italicized words, and lines or words in bold. So notice these important points and learn from that.

Often, chapters will include lists at the end with the important points, as well as a summary of that chapter.

Read these as well because they often are reemphasizing the most important points within that chapter.


Last Updated on August 18, 2020.

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