Strategies for Effective Reading - After You Read
So, you finally plowed through that history chapter. You used some pre-reading strategies to get you
motivated. Then you used some active reading strategies to help you understand and remember what you read. Whew!
Now you're done, right? Wrong! Now it's time to cement that knowledge in your mind. You need to use some post-reading strategies.
If you used a KWL chart, look it over. Do the items in your "L" column match the "W's" in the middle column? In other words, did you learn everything you wanted to know about the subject? If not, go back and re-read to try to find the answers. If they are not in that text, find another source of information. Get all of your questions answered.
If you took notes whether in words or pictures review them often. Use them to write a summary of the material. Include the main ideas and important details. This will help you to see the overall picture of the concepts you have read about.
Another good after-reading strategy is to teach someone what you have learned about the topic. Have a conversation with a parent or older sibling. They might also have information about the topic that you didn't know. You could also capture your little brother or sister and teach them. Using simpler language in order to help them understand can also help to cement the understanding in your own mind.
You may want to write a journal entry about the reading. This will allow you to react to what you have read. Include answer to questions such as: "How did this article make me feel?" "Do I agree with the writer?" "What was the most surprising information?" Evaluating written information in this way will help you to understand it in a deeper way.
Another strategy for cementing your learning is to make up quiz or test questions about the selection. Write down the questions and then try to answer them from memory. If you are unsure of the answers, look them up. This will also make an excellent study guide when the test comes up.
When you finish reading a selection, don't think your work is done. Statistics show that soon after we read, we forget about 80 percent of what we have read. Try some of these after-reading strategies to help you to remember the information.