American Military University
Derrah Q. Cassidy
How to Improve Reading Comprehension
How to improve one’s reading comprehension? First, one must know what reading compression is, plain and simple it is the act of understanding what is being read. “Learning how to read is probably one of the most important skills that a child will acquire in his/her lifetime” (Pardo, 2011). Though it may sound easy, many people have difficultly remembering and understanding what they read. “To become a successful reader, a child must be able to decode the individual words on the page and must be able to comprehend the text” (McNamara, 2007). To read effectively pick a subject that will be interesting, try to figure out what you and the book have in common. Then, concentrate on the material being read and develop a discipline approach to the reading. Preview the material by looking over it and determine what the most important parts of the text are. Pause after each paragraph to reflect on what was just read so the brain can comprehend it. Next focus on the reading speed one has. Once this is done, test yourself over the material to ensure it is being comprehended. This will get your brain working to paying attention most of the time.
When reading, one must be willing to push their self beyond where they are at. “Reading is an extraordinary achievement when one considers the number of levels and components that must be mastered. Consider what it takes to read a simple story. The words contain graphemes, phonemes and morphemes” (McNamara, 2007). Most people will not even understand half of what was just said or written. Even though the reading material might be hard, little by little the words will make since once they are pieced together in a way that could be understood better. Also, try to think ahead and concentrate on certain parts to get your brain working on paying attention to what is being read. While reading, highlight what might be...