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Active Reading Skills For The Adult Learner

Updated on October 12, 2012
Active reading skills will help to build your reading comprehension and increase your reading enjoyment.
Active reading skills will help to build your reading comprehension and increase your reading enjoyment.


Reading comprehension is defined as the level of understanding of a text/message. This understanding comes from the interaction between the words that are written and how they trigger knowledge outside the text/message (source: wikipedia.com). However, I love this quote from Dickinson which illuminates my personal belief of reading:

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.”
Emily Dickinson

Reading Comprehension: Active Reading Skills Practice

Reading Comprehension Exercise

Read the story below and then take the quiz posted within the next section. Try to complete the quiz from memory, no fair peaking! This will give you an idea of how following the Active Reading steps outlined in this article helps to retain what you read.

An Afternoon Lunch

  • A Little Girl's Reflection

Sitting by the small pond was a little girl eating a sandwich while watching the small fish wiggle around the lily pads. She loved this quiet place as it was the best place to eat her favorite treat, pickles dipped in chocolate. Her brother, Humphrey, often came with her, but today he decided to ride his bike instead. She looked down upon her pretty red dress with the blue butterflies and admired the way it looked in the sunshine. She wished she could stay there longer but it would soon be time to head for home. She heard a voice call to her, "Time for your piano lessons, Alice!" She packed up her lunch bag and ran for home.


Lunch Bag contained:

  • Water bottle

  • peanut butter sandwich

  • pickle dipped in chocolate

  • carrot sticks

Active Reading Skills

I can't think of anything more rewarding than the achievement of wisdom through reading the written word. This article will help adult learners acquire active reading skills, capturing the ability to understand the written word. As readers learn these skills it will help them not only to comprehend what they read, but to enjoy reading.

When you sit down to read a newspaper, book or magazine, do you skim through it? Looking at the pictures, headlines and captions may seem as if you are capturing the essence of the written content, but it's probably not helping you to comprehend and learn. In fact, you may not even remember what you have read an hour later. Here are some simple steps to help you make reading effective and enjoyable:

Preview The Material:

  • Read the headlines, headings, subheadings first before reading the content.
  • Look at any pictures, maps, charts, captions and illustrations associated with the material you are interesting in reading.
  • If there are any bulleted lists, scan through them. This will help you to preview what the article is about.
  • If there is an introduction to your material, such as in a book, read this before you begin the first chapter or section of the content.

Question List:

Before your begin to read, write down or mentally ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I know anything about this subject? This will help you to process the information prior to reading.
  • What are key ideas I think this material is trying to tell me? This will stimulate your interest in the content you are about to read.
  • Finally, look for these answers while you read. Since this method requires you to focus on the words, it will make more sense to you as your read and add to your memorization of the content.

Begin Reading:

  • As you delve into the content, read in small sections so that you can digest words. Similar to taking small chewable bites when you eat so that your body can best process your food.
  • Visualize or picture the main words in your head such as nouns (subjects, places, persons, names, things).
  • If you feel the material is frustrating or confusing, stop. Take a break. Reread slowly once again after you are rested. It is not important to complete the entire material, your goal is to comprehend, identify and understand what is being said through the written word.
  • Remember to look for answers to your questions (from the previous section). Write your answers down on paper, draw them if it helps. Don't worry, you don't have to be an artist for this exercise!
  • Take notes as your read, again drawing may help. Write your notes in your own words so that it makes sense to you.
  • Use highlighters, or underline words that seem important.

Read Out Loud:

  • Recite the questions your wrote out loud and answer them, out loud. This will stimulate and engage your other senses increasing your awareness of the material you just read.
  • Record your responses and read them out loud. This will help you to remember and retain the information longer.

Review The Material:

  • Go back and read the headlines, captions, subheadings, once again.
  • Read what you highlighted.
  • Reread the words or sections that you found difficult to read or to understand.
  • Read the questions you wrote down and your answers.
  • Try to summarize or give a brief story of what you read.

A Thought on Reading With Comprehension . . .

  • Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.” Horace Mann (1796 - 1859)
  • Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Richard Steele

Exercise: How Is Your Reading Comprehension Skill?


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Why I Encourage Adults To Read

My love of reading was inspired by my father's story. Growing up an orphan, he did not have the advantage of an education living in a third world country. His immigration to the United States provided him an avenue for improving his quality of life.

At the age of twenty-three he came to America, unable to read. He didn't even know there was such a thing as the written word; until he took on a job as a janitor for a local church. Each day he would hear the pastor and his staff reading out loud from a book, which he later discovered was the Bible. He was intrigued that they were able to make words come alive, and that they gave life and meaning to his ears and mind.

After that, he made sure that he worked in that particular area every day so that he could hear them read and possibly learn something from their conversations. As time passed, the pastor noticed my father was listening at a closer distance each day. One day before the group met, the pastor asked my father if cared to join them. My father expressed his desire to join in but that he didn't understand how to make the words speak. Through the gentle teaching of this caring pastor, my father was taught to read.

For this reason, my father stressed to each one of his children the importance of a good education, and the enjoyment of reading. He valued knowledge and role modeled it well for the family. I am thankful for his inspiration as I continue to reach towards the goal of being all I can be in life for my own personal satisfaction, but more so to help others.

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Wonderfully entertaining and accurate hub. I have taught a couple of young adults to read. They couldn't even fill out a job application and when I got done with them, they could read books and fill out their own applications. Good job of explaining.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Hi, Teaches, this is such an important subject. Reading csn really open up a person to new opportunities in life. I try to instill these qualities in my children. Voted up and shared, Kelley

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Well done, as always, and very useful for adults who want to increase their reading comprehension skills, but most of all, this is beautiful!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Excellent hub.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna wonderful Hub article about reading comprehension and truly loved the story of your father, because you honestly made this topic come alive with your dad's story. Have voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love the story of your father. I hear students every day express how they "hate to read." Yet I bet what they really mean is, "I don't understand the stuff I am supposed to read." Reading comp. is a skill, and you give good tips to help people improve as readers. Great hub! Voted up and sharing.

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I hear a lot of middle and high school kids complain about not being able to comprehend what they read. A reason for this may be their attachment to a lot of tech. gadgets. Many now find it boring to read and even comprehend what they read.

      My high school son has this problem, and I've encouraged him to read over and make notes on pages (sticky notes) as he's reading. That has greatly improved his reading comprehension. It also helps to NOT read when distracted or hungry.

      Great hub. Voted up and useful.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      This was a wonderful story about your father and how he wanted to learn to read badly enough, that he pursued it until he did. Thank you for sharing such a marvelous family heritage, teaches.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Whonu, I owe my love of reading to my father. Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy your evening.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hi Becky, it is such a wonderful thing that you did in helping others to learn to read. I know they are grateful. Thanks for stopping by here and enjoy your evening.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Kelley, reading is the key to adventure, dream fulfillment, success, etc., etc.. can't say enough about it! Glad to hear that you are encouraging your children to love reading. I know they will be future leaders.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Rtalloni, thank you for the nice comment. I am glad that adults will be able to use this to their advantage.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey Fiddleman! Thanks, much.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Janine, I had to give credit to my dad for the wonderful skill he taught us to love. Thanks for your support and you have a great Sunday.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Donnah, you are so right. I believe many students do not know how to read with comprehension. It is a skill. Thanks for you added value here. Take care. Blessings.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Comfort B. It is good to see you here tonight. I think you may have hit on something with the tech gadgets. Not only are they losing effective writing skills, but reading as well. Great add to the content! Take care.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You have done well as always, Dianna! In all honesty I'm not sure I could teach reading. I know that your suggestions and tips are right on, and I know that more and more students are unable to read with comprehension.

      Well done my friend!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank Bill for your add to this content. Yes, I agree: sadly, many students are not able to read with comprehension these days. Take care and enjoy your evening.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Teaches, this is a beautiful and wonderful hub. I wish more teachers were like you. Today all they do is teach them enough to pass the test that all children have to pass. Also, all of our kids want to do is play on their cell phones, play computer games. Thank you for sharing the story of your father with us.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, Michele, for your support and for your comment. I agree that we need to change the structure of the educational system to reinforce the basic values of reading. It's what leads to success. Enjoy your evening. God bless you.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You are such an awesome teacher Dianna :)

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      jessefutch 4 years ago from North Carolina

      My wife has Asperger's Syndrome and was actually allowed to go through school without being able to comprehend what she read. They turned a blind eye and went for good enough. Luckily in her adult life she sought out assistance and now has a great love for reading. Many people simply do not realize how many adults have issues with reading and comprehension. Thanks for this excellent hub. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Sunshine, thanks for your support. Always a good day when you visit a hub! Enjoy your weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jesse,

      I am sorry that your wife didn't receive the support of educators to make her life enjoyable. Good for her that she pursued help in reading and is now an avid reader. There are many adults out there who cannot read. College students are in this category as well. Thank you for your visit and for adding value to the topic. God bless you and your wife.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, reading without understanding is like reading words that do not speak out to the reader nor touch the reader's mind in any way. The purpose of reading is to understand and enjoy what is being read. You have given great tips and ways to understand. Your father was wise and understood the importance of being a man of letters.

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      huckelbury 4 years ago

      Good morning, Teaches,

      Whenever I consider someone who is illiterate, a profound sadness surrounds me. Your father's story is a remarkable one that should inspire others to emulate him. Clearly, you are your father's daughter, as this hub demonstrates. Your love of learning and desire to spread the wealth to others is a breath of fresh air in a world that often values form over substance. I can't imagine a life without reading. Thanks for the passion and effort.

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      The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      teaches - There are quite a few people on this very forum (Hub Pages) who give the appearance of needing to learn the skills you've outlined on this Hub. I'm just sayin...

      The Frog

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The story about your father and his desire to read is beautiful, Dianna. Thank you for sharing your ideas for helping an adult learn to read effectively. This is a very important topic. Reading opens up a whole new world to people!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Alicia, I can't thank you enough for coming by here. Reading does open the door to adventure and excitement for any age. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Vellur, I have to say my father was a great motivator in my getting a college education. Reading does open the door. Take care and thanks for visiting today.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hucklebury, I can't imagine not wanting to know how to read, but many do not care to value this skill. Thanks for your added value to the hub topic and for your kind comment. Be safe and well.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Frog Prince, LOL... you have a point there. Thanks for coming by today. Enjoy your evening.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      It's sad to think that there are Adults out there who can NOT read...What a Wonderful, Educational Hub, Teacher. I Loved the Story of your Father, very Poignant read. Thank Goodness for Teachers like YOU. LOL.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks, B. Malin. I do sympathize with some of the adult readers who were never given the chance to grasp good reading skills for one reason or another. It is never too late to develop a good habit. Enjoy your evening.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I believe a great reader has a world opening up to him or her. I am blessed to be a gifted reader. My son is also. For the last two years I have tutored friends children in reading comprehension. It was a gift to see them bloom. It must be so rewarding for adults to improve also. Thank you teaches.

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Good morning teaches.

      Great tips. When in school I found highlighting to make review quicker and to stick in my mind which made remembering easier. It was great come test time.

      God bless you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hyphenbird, it is rewarding to teach reading and to know that you have helped someone to better their life. Blessings.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      TeacherJoe, highlighting is a great methods to use when reading and studying. I use it often. Enjoyed your add to the subject here. God bless you richly.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      I remember the times when I was just learning to read and it really exciting to know the words. Then I enjoyed reading novels and other books.

      This is really very useful and helpful.

      Voted up and useful! :-)

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      Very nicely done....I like how you started the hub off with a Dickinson quote....and a very good quote to boot. I think doing a question list is a very useful tool....and I amazed that I have not thought of that before. Your hub is packed much some very useful suggestions.....makes me want to get back to reading a book that I had stopped reading many months ago....voted up and useful.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      very well written Dianna!! you're superb on these kind of things!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      This provides a great overview of the importance of reading and comprehension skills. You also beautifully detail ways to approach and hone these skills. But I think these suggestions apply to all learners and not just adults.

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      What a lovely post. Thank you Teaches

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, MG, for your reading and commenting on this hub. You are always a welcome visitor.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ignugent, you reminded me of when I first started to read -- funny how you remember after someone mentions their experience. I enjoyed it and wanted to read everything I could get my hands on at the time. Enjoy your day's journey.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Cogerson, glad this hub as inspired you to read. Never know what doors will open when you get into a book! Thanks for you positive reflection and take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Unknown, thanks for the support of the topic. I enjoy writing on these subjects as they have been useful to me as well.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Stephanie, many thanks to you on supporting my writing efforts. I agree that these skills are useful to all ages. Take care and walk your day's journey in peace.

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      jean fd 4 years ago

      sadly, it is hard to make adults WANT to read. =( I have a preschooler who borrowed a book from me to take home to read with his mom. A few days later, the child told me they haven't read the book yet. His father later informed me that his wife isn't really fond of reading. It's a pity since their child really loves books. In the end, I spend extra time reading him a story each day. He doesn't mind it if we're reading the same stories over and over.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jean, that is very sad. Too bad the parents cannot even see this as a great time to bond. I am so glad that he had your teaching passion to nurture his love of reading. Thanks for coming by and adding value to the subject. Be well and strong.

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      Joshua Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

      I enjoyed reading this hub. Great work. Voted you up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Happy to hear the hub was enjoyable. Thanks. Enjoy your evening.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi teaches, fascinating reading, I love to read, in fact I do read the introduction to books, and the authors page at the end. I believed I took it all in, but I was surprised to see that I got one of the questions wrong! lol! the boys name! so it does prove we do miss things even though we think we take it all in, great hub, and voted up! nell

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Nell, I am so glad that you took the quiz and gave me your feedback. I learned early that reading the intoduction was important as a lead to the book, article, etc. It does help to comprehend the material. Thanks for you insightful add to the hub.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, you never cease to amaze me. Reading your articles has been so beneficial to myself and my children, so thanks for that. Reading is so important, probably the most important subject I would think. This is a great source of valuable information and I am happy for you that you can continue teaching through your articles. I am sure that it is important to you and fulfilling in some sense. Hands down, you should win an award from Hubpages because your articles are class "A." Teaches, great work as ALWAYS. Wishing you nothing but the best, take care:)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lyric, I do enjoy sharing what I know about education and child development with readers; and I am happy to hear how it helps people, such as yourself. Thank you for your kind words and support of my efforts here on HP. God bless you. Enjoy your day's journey in peace.

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      todaylearning 4 years ago from Texas, United States

      excellent article, reading keeps our mind intelligent and fresh. Thank you for sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Today, you will have no argument from me on your thought. It keeps us active and engaged in life successfully.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Excellent advice for processing reading just that bit faster for adults, and helping them to process information! Thanks for sharing this, and I share as well.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Midget, thank you so much for your support. I find these tips helped me to learn to read with comprehension, especially during college.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      When I was in college I found reading loud very helpful. I also wrote what I was reading, and this reading and writing at the same time also helped me a lot. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I found these tips helped me to comprehend those textbooks in college that were really wordy. Yes, reading out loud does help. Thank you, Vinaya, for coming here today. Your comment added value to the hub content.

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      What a beautiful story about how your father learned how to read--reminds of a similar story I read in Reader's Digest long ago--very inspiring. Reading is such a pleasure and a privilege, which some of us take for granted. Good tips on how to read and understand what we're reading. Of course Dickinson's quote is just exquisite. Thanks and shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Anglnwu! My father's story was inspiration for me throughout my school years. I am glad that the reading skills are helpful to others. Yes, I love Dickinson's quote as it describes how I feel about words. Enjoy your weekend.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Sometimes I find myself reading certain passages of articles a couple of times to help retain information. I guess that comes with a busy life and an older brain! I thoroughly enjoyed this Hub. You are an inspiration to us, just as your father was to you! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I think you are right, I sometimes have o read a passage twice (maybe 3x) before I get it. Signs of a busy life, busy mind, and I like to say seasoned mind. My father was a great inspiration to me through the years. Thank you, you are so sweet, Linda.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      I can't imagine not knowing how to read - it is such an important part of my life. You have provided excellent tips here - I used the visualization technique to remember the story and scored 100% on your test. When I worked at the bank, I read out loud in order to keep my concentration on the boring legal documents and school textbooks. It really worked!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Millionaire, I can't imagine not wanting to read. Congrats on the 100% score, you deserve a gold star! Reading out loud helps your thoughts to focus and to record print in your mind. You have excellent reading skills. Thanks for your added value here today. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      These are excellent tips, and actually what I learned when I went to college. Having ADD, reading was always very frustrating for me. Especially when it came to school. I still don't understand why I enjoy writing. Anyway, this is a great refresher for me. Love the hub! Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      2besure, good to have the validation on this subject from one who knows active reading skills. I am glad that they worked for you and that you still enjoy reading and writing. Thank you for your valued support. Blessings, friend!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your father was obviously a great inspiration for you and you have taken it and become a great teacher. He must have been so proud of you! Reading comprehension is so important for business purposes but also for pure pleasure. I grew up with the love of reading and feel sorry for people who do not have that skill. It is worth fostering and developing at any age.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey, Peggy, sorry it has taken me so long to answer this. Hurricane Sandy, work (some fun) has delayed my online experience! It is a pleasure and joy to see you on the hub. I believe it is never too late to learn to read. My father is a great example of that!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Peter, I appreciate your of how people in your culture view reading. I am glad to hear how fluent they are in reading. It is good to know these reading skills will help other cultures to read in English. Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I am guessing this only works for non-fiction, right? This is also a great way to read stuff on the Internet. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Alocsin, you always bring great, new insight to a topic; yes, I guess it would also work for the internet. Thanks for stopping by and for your support. Enjoy your weekend.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Great hub! I'm an average reader... and when I read aloud, my tongue sometimes stumbles. As in everything else though, practice makes perfect. And I need to sharpen up on my reading skills. Thanks for this hub. Upped and shared it to my friends.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Beingwell, practice does perfect things. I love to read but don't have the time right now to sit and enjoy reading. So practice on leisure time to read is my concern. Thanks for coming by here, your visit was a nice add to the hub topic. Take care.

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      formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      What an inspirational hub! Your grandfather valued self-improvement and didn't turn away an opportunity to learn, even though this would have revealed his inadequacy. I see so many new immigrants who failed to find the same purpose and worse violate laws. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Formosangirl, I am also of the mindset that if I don't know something -- it is better to admit it and learn. Lots of people are too stubborn to do this and they end up hurting themselves later. Thanks for your positive reflection here. Enjoy your weekend.

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      ubrish ali 2 years ago from Pakistan(Asia)

      You inspired from your father,its really great,it's a positive attitude towards education

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Ubrish, I am so thankful I had a father who valued education and promoted that attitude with his children. I was blessed. Thank you for your kind support. Enjoy your week, dear friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Thanks for posting this article, Nell!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Glad to see I passed. :) Good reading tips that can help save time and build comprehension. Voted up and useful!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I used to read much more than I do now (sorry to say). I took a speed reading course some years ago, and I think it harmed my reading skills.

      I did pass your test, though.

      Very informative and interesting Hub!

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      lovedoctor926 2 years ago

      Merry Christmas Diana. I found this hub useful. Helpful tips. This passage was fairly easy. I only read it once and scored 100% on the quiz. However, active reading is more complex since we are always making deductions and drawing conclusions. Thank you for sharing this information.

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      lex123 2 years ago

      You have very well displayed the points to comprehend for understanding and active reading ! I'm sure this hub will be helpful to many readers. I particularly liked your father's story - really inspiring!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Heidi, thanks for coming by and leaving encouraging words. I hope you are enjoying a great weekend.

      Mary, I enjoy reading but as you say, it's been some time since I've sat to truly enjoy a good book. Glad you passed the exam. You get a shiny star!

      Lovedoctor, excellent quiz score! Active reading takes practice and patience, as you lead to in your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by today.

      Lex, my father was my mentor and encouraged education in all his children. Thanks for your comment and support. Enjoy a good week.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 8 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for sharing a very useful hub which all will benefit from. As a former EFL and ESL teacher in Thailand, I always stressed to my students the importance of pre-reading skills which you have presented in this article. It is so important to activate the prior knowledge you have and ask questions while reading. I am sharing this hub with HP followers and also on Facebook.

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      Dianna Mendez 7 months ago

      Paul, Thank you for validating the content for readers. I appreciate your comment and support. Good to know it hits the mark. Have a great weekend.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great tip to review the material read so that it stays fresh in your mind. Well said. I like your enthusiasm for reading :)

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