Lots of reading to do for the 11 Plus? Let's look at improving your reading skills!
Getting More from What You Read!
A good reader does as many of the following as possible:
- Seizes the main ideas
- Thinks about what the author is saying
- Is active not passive
- Concentrates on what is being read
- Remembers as much as possible
- Applies what is being read to personal experience
Think about the subject you are going to read about
- What do you know about this subject?
- What do you want to learn about this subject?
- After you read, what have you learned about this subject?
Skim the section you are going to read
- Do you see anything familiar?
- Do you see anything new?
- What is your overall impression?
Read for comprehension - Make a note of important parts
- Use a post-it note or an index card and write down important main ideas and vocabulary. This will help you review what you have read.
- Stop and re-read ideas that you are not sure you understand.
- Think of where else you might find more information about he same topic. "I bet there would be something in my history book about this, too."
- Recall to yourself what you have just read.
- Stop occasionally as you are reading and put into your own words what you have just read.
- At the end of a chapter, recall what the main points were.
- Discuss what you have read with another student or with your teacher. This will help you clarify your thinking.
Textbooks - More Details
- Read the Title and Author of the text.
- When was it published?
- Read the Table of Contents.
- Thumb through the book.
- What impression do you have about the text?
- After you have done all the above, go back and do it again in a more detailed way.