APPROACHES TO INTENSIVE READING








Many students have trouble with reading intensely. Reading well takes more time and practice. But the most important thing to figure out is the purpose of your reading. Once you’ve figured out your purpose, you can choose to focus on what are known as intensive reading techniques that stress things like vocabulary and speed, or instead on extensive techniques that will help you engage with the meaning of a text in a deeper way.

No matter the difficulties students who want to excel academically most devotes most of his time in intensive reading and have the focus of achieving good things in the cause of his/her reading.

The following are things to take into consideration when reading intensely   

Make sure you understand the type of text you have to read.
 Ask yourself: What type of work am I reading? Is it information-based, like a newspaper, textbook, or manual? Or is it more creative or artistic, like a novel or short story? Knowing will help you to develop more attention on your reading.

·         For instance, if you’re reading to follow instructions (like a recipe or assembly guide), you’ll need to understand the exact meaning of each step.
·         If you’re reading a text that has lots of information, like a textbook, then you’ll be reading most of all for new information on things you don’t know or understand.

Decide on the purpose of your reading.
 The reason why you’re reading has an impact on how you read. For instance, reading a novel for a class can be different than reading a novel for pleasure, since you’ll be expected to understand and remember the text rather than just enjoy the experience of reading it. Ask yourself: What am I reading for?
·         If you’re reading to gain information (for instance, to meet work or school requirements), you’ll probably want to try extensive techniques.
·         If you’re reading to practice pronunciation, learn vocabulary, or study grammar, you’ll probably want to try intensive techniques

Scan your reading before you begin. 
Whatever the purpose of your reading is, taking a few minutes to look the piece over is very helpful. Check and see how the work is structured and presented. These are easy ways to increase your understanding.
·         Does the work have a title?
·         Is there are a table of contents you can scan?
·         Is the work divided into separate sections?
·         Does the work have any “extras,” like bolded key words, illustrations, or graphs?


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