When it comes time to prepare for final tests and exams, it is essential for high school students to review the material covered in the course. Students may find that for courses such as English or History, there is a lot of reading to review. In order to adequately and effectively review the texts, there are a number of different reading strategies that students can use.
First and foremost, it is important to use active reading strategies so that you can comprehend the material. It is helpful to keep a pen and paper handy to jot down notes or ideas as you read. Read slowly and carefully to allow the information to sink in. Try to visualize what you are reading. Use mnemonics or word association to help you remember key points or ideas. Reading aloud or reciting the important facts can also be helpful. One of the best ways to ensure that you understand and remember what you’ve read is to discuss the material with someone – try to find a study buddy, peer or family member to share the information with.
Skimming is a reading strategy that can be useful when you have large amounts of texts to read through, or when you need to get a general idea about the material. When you are skimming, you should look for the main ideas in each paragraph and ignore the supporting details. Skimming is less about comprehending the details in the text and more about finding the main ideas.
Scanning is a strategy that you can use to locate specific information in a text. When you know what details you are looking for, scan your eyes quickly over the text until you find the information you need.
Depending on the amount of material you need to read, as well as the purpose for your reading, you will find that these various strategies will help you comprehend, review and prepare for your final tests and exams.