When studying for the 11 Plus exams, you need a good reading strategy.
Here is a method that may work for you. If it does, good! If it does not, come back to this in a few weeks for a second (or third) look.
P = Preview what you are going to read.
Q = Question what you are going to learn after the preview.
3R = Read, Recite, and Review.
P = Preview what you are going to read
- Uses less time than the Q and 3R steps
- Can be very helpful
- Look over carefully what you are going to read
- Look for main ideas and subjects
- Notice any new vocabulary
- Form an impression about what you are going to read
- Practice on this page - quickly look over the words that are in bold type
Q = Question
- Form a question in your mind about what you are about to read and learn
- Practice on this page -- form a question like "Am I going to learn a better way to read?"
R = Read, Recite, and Review
- Read - Read the assignment
- Recite - Stop every once in a while, look up from the book, and put in your own words what you have just read
- Practice on this page - R stands for read, recite, and review
- Review - After you have finished, review the main points
- Practice on this page - I did learn a system to improve my reading comprehension.
Index Cards - VocabularyIndex cards are usually 3 inches by 5 inches (3x5) or 4 inches by 6 inches (4x6). They are made of paper that is heavier than notebook paper. This page describes how you can use them for learning vocabulary (and other things, too!).
- Write the English word on one side and the word in the language you are learning on the other.
- This is very helpful in learning a foreign language.
- Write a specific subject's vocabulary on one side and the definition on the other.
- You might have a stack of biology vocabulary index cards and a separate stack of social studies vocabulary index cards.
- Spend ten minutes every day (or longer) reviewing the words you need to learn.
- Have someone quiz you often.
- You can put aside (but do not throw out) the word and definitions that you have mastered.
- You can also use them for: weekly spelling words, recipes, directions to a friend's house, algebraic equations, the name of a book you want to read, the laws of physics…and many more things, too!
- See other Index Cards pages for speeches and research papers.
- You can do something very similar to this on a computer by using a database program.