Introduction to Reading Strategies

Evaluate general reading strategies

But I already know how to read!

hand holding a bookOf course you do! But just as games get more and more complicated as you level up, “reading” involves more and more brain processes¬†as you progress through your education. This section¬†gives you some tips and tools to “level up” your reading for college-level work.

The authors whose texts you read in college, whether the texts are fact or fiction, are engaging in a slow-motion conversation on a topic. Your goal is to listen carefully to the author’s side of the conversation so that you, too, can participate in the conversation. You don’t want to simply parrot back what other people have said in the conversation, and you don’t want to talk about something completely irrelevant. Instead, you want to listen (read) carefully and then contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • evaluate rhetorical context of a text (purpose, author, audience)
  • evaluate previewing as a reading strategy
  • evaluate active reading as a reading strategy
  • evaluate summarizing as a reading strategy
  • evaluate reviewing as a reading strategy