Reading habit can change human life dramatically. It provides us with entertainment, amusement and enriches us with knowledge and experience.
There are some tips that can guide our plan for reading.
If you didn’t know how to read or if your reading skills are not good you most definitely face the problem. Poor reading skills are equal to not knowing how to read.
These 8 tips are as follows:
Identifying the aim of reading
The reader ought to be clear about what he wants to obtain from the reading of the text.
Knowing the background information
Background information on the topic to be read helps the reader to anticipate the contents of the reading materials and to select appropriate reading strategies.
Selecting and using the reading strategy
The reader should select the reading strategies and use them flexibly and interchangeably.
For example, if the readers use top-down and down-top strategies simultaneously while reading for understanding meaning, it will certainly improve their comprehension and confidence.
Selecting the relevant text
The reader should focus on those parts of the text that are relevant to the identified aim and overlook the rest.
This selectivity enables the readers to focus on specific items and to reject the information those they need not hold in memory.
Noting down the important points
To reader should note down the important points, quotations or lines that the reader thinks useful. These notes may come in help while studying the subject later.
Understanding the writer
When we read fiction, we should try to understand the writer’s writing style with regards to language, emotion, and words used by the writer. This will eventually make the reading process more enjoyable.
The readers should always concentrate their mind on the text and read them with the fullest concentration.
Every line of the text may provide the reader with at least a new message. Reading for the sake of it will not yield any fruitful outcome.
Checking the comprehension
The readers should check their understandings while reading and when the reading is completed.
Monitoring comprehension helps the readers to detect inconsistencies and comprehension failures. It also helps them to find out alternative strategies for using them if they require.