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Become an “Active” Reader

The core aim of your reading is to unite ideas on the page to what you already know. Once you have created a link with the information, you will memorize the information effortlessly. Active reading simply means reading something with fortitude to understand and assess it for its significance to your needs. One must use some active reading strategies, to focus one’s attention on comprehension or attaching meaning and worth to the information that one is reading. Simply reading and re-reading the material isn’t an effectual way to master this skill. Actively and gravely engaging with the content can be of great help and can save you time.

Try out the SQ3R reading strategy that includes pre-reading, active, and post-reading elements.

SQ3R is a startling teaching and learning strategy designed to help students to improve the understanding and withholding of what they have learned.

SQ3R can be considered like this:

  • Before you read, Survey the chapter
  • Question while you are surveying
  • As you Read, look for questions
  • Recite after you’ve read a section
  • Review, an ongoing process

Benefits of SQ3R

  • Appropriate for all readers.
  • Lessens study time.
  • Enhances the ability to grasp essential information.
  • Generates study guides that students can use to review for tests.
  • Stimulates interest in reading.
  • Make readers inquisitive.
  • Make recollection of text easy for the students who merely seem to read and remember.

“There is no friend as loyal as a book”, said American author Ernest Hemingway. Reading a good book fires up your imagination, provide solace in times of grief, and open up your world. So, start reading TODAY!!

Skim the text before reading, highlighting any words that are italicized or bold. Skimming helps you to get an overall impression.  Think of it as a road map, look to see where the text leads Brainstorm to know what you already know about the topic. Read the text actively keeping previous steps in mind so that you are able to answer the questions being asked.
Recall the text that you have read to test your understanding. The aim of this step is to think deeply about what is been read.
If you are reading it for a particular purpose (for example, to answer an assignment), ask yourself how it helps. Also ask questions of the text: Who? What? Where? When? How? REVIEW
Read all the relevant parts again. Review yourself by answering all the questions. If you are unable to answer some questions, go through the text once more.
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 Reading with a specific  focus . Keep in mind what information you are looking for as you read.
Breaking the text up into portions.  Do not feel you have to read the whole text in one sitting.

Questioning the text as you read. Did the author get everything right? …

Taking notes as you read.

Warm up your brain.
Sweep the chapter.
Write as you re.
Look up words you don’t understand.
Ask questions. Look for answers.
Turn chapter titles and headings into questions.
Understand what you are reading.

 Reading actively will save you time. Just as importantly, it’ll increase your memory of the reading, your understanding of the material, and your overall learning by helping you make connections as you read.

Interact with text.
Have goals for reading.
Evaluate text for important ideas.
Note structure of text before reading.
Make predictions. Contruct, revise, and question as they read.
Monitor their understanding as they read.
 Read different kinds of text differently..

The  seven cognitive strategies of effective readers: activating, inferring, monitoring-clarifying, questioning, searching-selecting, summarizing, and visualizing-organizing

Survey—–Skim the chapter, reading only the chapter title, subtitles, italicized terms, boldface type, and introductory or summary sections. :




 Previewing – this is the step where you develop a purpose for reading by taking your first look at the assigned reading. The purpose of previewing is to get picture and to understand the main ideas and how they connect with what you already know or learned.

The four main types of reading techniques are the following:


Active reading is the act of reading to understand and evaluate a text. It’s often described as “reading with a purpose”. This helps pupils, children and people of all ages broaden their understanding of a text or knowledge of a subject

11 thoughts on “Become an “Active” Reader”

  1. Mrs. Bhavika Rathod

    Very Nice Information, after going through the post I realized what thinks are important for one to analyze the topic when you read something and more how reading is important and can give you great knowledge. This steps explained can help one to become a Good Reader.
    Excellent .

  2. Khushali Purohit

    Thank you for the information, You have fostered a sense of support and appreciation that allows us as educators to improve our practice daily.

  3. Beneficial to all readers and good for teachers to enhance reading skills and follow the steps to expand content knowledge.

  4. There is no friend as loyal as a book”,
    Very true, nice information. This would really helpful.

  5. Riddhi Kundaliya

    Thank you! The information shared highlighted a few things that I have been doing wrong and offered some great ways. I know that this will help me turn the corner with my 📖 reading.

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  7. 💐Thank you for such an informative article Ma’am.
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  9. Thank you for sharing this valuable, effective and positive information which will help to interact and understanding text deeply.
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