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How to improve reading comprehension

It’s not enough to simply read a piece of text to understand it. It takes a fair bit of reading comprehension to appreciate and digest a piece of writing fully, may it be literature, a news article, or even an email. Today, people are easily misinformed because of how they understand certain headlines and news articles. For those who feel like their reading comprehension needs improvement, here are ways to do so. John Eilermann St. Louis .

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Prepare a conducive reading environment: Distractions like a radio or TV set that’s turned on divides one’s attention even if one’s not trying to read and listen at the same time. Likewise, reading in an uncomfortable position or a place with very little lighting can somewhat hinder a person from fully immersing in the text. This is why one should read in a comfortable and quiet environment if they are working on their reading comprehension. John Eilermann St. Louis.

Read within your level and work your way up: If one was to read a graduate school thesis on molecular physics, chances are they won’t be able to grasp the concepts right at the bat. It may take a while, but one has to work their way up to the reading level they want to achieve. Interested in the classics? Start with something simple like The Great Gatsby. The more one is familiar with the language, the easier for them to discern the nuances of the text. John Eilermann St. Louis .

Read aloud and re-read text you have difficulty with: When one stumbles upon words or phrases, try reading them aloud or re-read them until they understand the phrase. When one faces with new vocabulary or an unfamiliar figure of speech, look it up, then re-read the sentence. Don’t move to the next sentence or paragraph without fully knowing what the text meant. John Eilermann St. Louis .

 

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