Improve Your Reading Comprehension with These 3 Easy Steps

Reading comprehension is a skill that improves like any other, you can level up your understanding with practice and a game plan. Dedicate some time and engage in a combination of both “guided” and “relaxed” reading practice for at least two to three hours a week. This will involve a structure and focused attention, such as learning a new vocabulary works and testing yourself on them. Reading has been a part of our daily lives since the beginning, so improving your comprehension should never come at the cost of depriving yourself of the pleasure of the activity.


Here are some of the first steps for improving your reading comprehension level


Step 1: Understand how you’re Currently Reading

Before everything else, you must first understand how you’re currently reading and what your limitations are. You can start by selecting excerpts from different texts with which you are familiar, such as textbooks, essays, novels, news reports, or any kind of text you struggle to understand. It is important to take notice when your attention, energy, or comprehension of the material begins to flag. If your concentration or comprehension tends to lag after a period of time, start to slowly build up your stamina. For example, if you continually lose focus at the 20-minute mark, be aware of this and push yourself to slowly increase that time, rather than trying to sit and focus on reading for an hour or two at most. Read at your maximum amount of time, the give yourself a break.


Step 2: Improve Your Vocabulary

Reading and combination is a mixture of a combination of a good vocabulary, context and the interaction of words. It is important that you must be able to understand each moving piece before you can understand the text as a whole. If you’re having a hard time understanding specific vocabulary, it is sometimes possible to pick up meaning through context clues, but it is also a good idea to look up the definitions of words with which you are not familiar with. Review the list of words and their definitions and dedicate fifteen minutes two or three times a week and test yourself on your vocabulary flash cards


Step 3: Read for Pleasure

Perhaps the best way to improve your reading comprehension level is through practice. And there is no better way to practice than to have fun while doing it. Make sure that you make reading a fun activity, at least on some occasions. This is a good motivation for you to engage with the text and embrace the activity as part of your daily life, and as you progress you can truly engage with your reading material, improvement will eventually follow. You can start by reading texts that are slightly below your age and grade level, it also helps to read daily news. Start with the following:

–    Ghost by Jason Reynolds

–    Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling

–    The Westing Game by Ellen Rankin

–    And some news you can find here

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