How to Approach Reading Comprehensions
One of the most significant factors for solving Reading Comprehensions and being accurate in this area actually revolves around the approach you adopt for this topic. At the best of times, you are likely to find a passage that you have never read previously. How do you cope with such a challenge actually becomes a central aspect of how you perform in reading comprehensions.
With regards to the approach you should have for reading comprehensions, you should adopt keep the following in mind:
- Don't expect to be stimulated:In fact expect the opposite! Majority of the times you would be bored by RC topics, and you should not allow this to drain your energy. Maintain an impartial attitude towards the passage, and do not get mentally hassled by obscure content.
- Make Notes:While reading obscure/abstract text, make sure you make some quick notes for ready reference. You can write the general flow, structure, paragraph-wise flow and important points. Remember that you do not have make really long notes, just make a quick note of the important markers/points in the passage.
- Do not over-read: Yes, you read this right, we said do not 'over-read'. How can you 'over-read'? You over-read when you focus on each and every detail, rather than keeping a general outline at the back of your mind. You do not memorize the passage; you need to simply remember the key points.
- Try to preempt questions: This is a really difficult skill but if you can master this, you will surely by the 'King of Reading Comprehensions'. While reading the passage, try to identify the possible questions that could be asked, and which parts of the passage seem the most likely candidates for question-setting.
- Opening and Closing paragraphs require extra focus:Questions such as the main idea question are based on the overall subject of the passage, and majority of the times the answer for this question type lies in the first and last paragraph of the passage. Ensure you derive the maximum possible information from these paragraphs.
- Constantly question yourself while reading the passage:In order to maintain your concentration while reading, make sure that some basic questions keep playing at the back of your mind: What is the author's main point? Why is the author writing this? How has the author chosen to convey his main point? How has the author organized his material?
The above form some of the basic points that should be kept in mind while approaching reading comprehensions. These would improve your focus, increase your grasp of the subject matter and deliver greater understanding. If you achieve these three, your task is more or less done.