Reading Tips: Difficult Text

We have some difficult documents to read for this class.
There are techniques you can use to understand them more easily.

Read the Title

  • What is the reading about?
  • What do you already know about the subject?
  • What do you think you will learn? What do you hope to learn?

Look at How the Reading is Organized

  • Pay attention to the italics, boldface, CAPITAL LETTERS, graphs, charts, pictures, and headings.
  • What important points, words or ideas do they focus on?

Read the First and Last Paragraphs

  • What exactly do you earn from them?
  • What are the main points? Is there a thesis? If so, what is it?

Now Read the Paragraph

Every few sentences, look away and ask yourself what you read. This will help you understand.

Are there any facts or ideas you want to remember? If so, write them down in your own words, or use charts, graphs, colors, drawing – anything that will help you understand and remember.

If You Still Do Not Understand the Text, Read it Again the Next Day

Add the important information you missed the first time. This will help your brain process the information.

Review Your Notes and Reflect on What You Have Read

  • What have you learned?
  • How does this relate to what other classes and what you already know?
  • Do you need to re-read anything?
  • Do you have to look up any new or confusing words?