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What is Active Reading?

Updated on April 12, 2012

The 4 Steps

The four steps in active reading are previewing, marking, reading with concentration and reviewing. Though these four steps apply to a textbook they can easily be adjusted and applied to reading text on a computer. Previewing would be a simple review of the chapter, focusing on the headings and subheadings. As we skims through the chapter, we ask ourselves what we already know about these topics. Marking would be very difficult on a computer screen so one solution would be take notes on a separate note pad, marking only the key ideas and what would be important. At times one wants to note everything because it all seems important so it is vital to reflect on the notes and ensure if it is necessary to write down. Reading with concentration on a computer is difficult. One gets distracted easily with social websites and non-school related browsing. It is essential to keep these items closed and not make ourselves available to them. Finally reviewing would require looking over our notes, study questions, and annotations. Reading aloud helps when trying to memorize things.

Minimizing Distractions

Our surroundings affect our reading comprehension in many ways. There are many distractions surrounding us at all times, such as the Internet, our cell phones, or noise nearby that breaks our concentration. We can minimize these distractions by getting rid of them while reading class assignments. One way is to find a quiet location away from noise or other people. Taking notes while reading is also an effective way to focus on comprehension. If we get overwhelmed taking breaks from our assignments will relieve stress help us achieve the goals we set for ourselves.

Overcoming Procrastination

We overcome procrastination by keeping focused on our goals as well as using our time wisely while in school. Get as many assignments done before the assignment due date roughly a week in advance so not having to worry about it later. Keeping focused on our personal steps and goals to get to the ultimate goal, whether it is graduation or something else personal. To effectively use time management having a calendar on our wall or fridge to keep reminding ourselves what is ahead in the coming weeks or days ahead, group assignments, study time, and personal matters


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      YvetteParker 5 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Great information on active reading that can very well be used to develop good study habits. Thanks for sharing. Voted up. Welcome to HP.