Introduction to the Reading Comprehension

Instructor: JY

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READING COMPREHENSION.

Active reading

  • New, unfamiliar, boring subject matter and vocabulary
    • Familiarity with subject matter matters
    • Be well read
  • Focus, Focus, Focus!
  • Ask questions
  • Piece information together as you read
  • Use your imagination
  • Anticipate the direction of the passage

How they lose you

  • You fall asleep
  • Referential phrasing
  • Modifiers/embedded clauses
  • Push back/connect the dots

Things they care about

  • Main point/conclusion
    • Factually accurate?
    • Correct emphasis?
  • Author’s attitude or tone
  • Facts, details
    • Can you clearly recall the facts with accuracy?
    • Can you push out inferences from these facts and details?
  • Passage structure
    • Relationship between the paragraphs
      • The flow of concepts/ideas
  • Different arguments, different view points
    • Clearly distinguish

Miscellany

  • So many words!
  • Humanities, Law, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences
  • Last passage packed w/questions – 7 or 8
  • Practice skipping questions for time
  • Focus spending time upfront on the passage
    • Wrong answers are time sinks

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