Ever spent hours reading a difficult piece of writing, yet could not comprehend what the author is trying to say? It happens to all of us, and it is SUPER annoying.
The question is, why does this happen, and how does one fix it?
Now, I won’t pretend to be an expert on reading, but as I was taking an online course called Global Sociology taught by a sociology professor at Wellesley College (i.e. my dream school), I came across a video that discussed ACTIVE vs. PASSIVE reading.
According to Professor Radhakrishnan, passing reading is reading without engaging with the text. When we practice this type of reading, it’s difficult for us to fully comprehend what the author is saying, or form opinions of our own.
Active reading, on the other hand, describes the type of reading in which you are fully engaged with the text, summarizing the author’s main point and making note of your own thoughts, feelings and opinions. Here are Professor Radhakrishnan’s four tips to reading actively:
1) Preview the piece
2) Make notes of key quotes
3) Write notes in the margin
4) Make an outline
*Click the following link to read more about these four steps:
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