Reading like writing, is best understood as a process. You should spend time sizing up a text before you begin to read it. They’re three useful approaches such as Signposts, Beginnings and Endings and Connections. After previewing and reading a chapter you will move on to the next step of the reading process which is processing ideas followed by post reading and retaining them. Signposts are visual aids used to assist students in focusing on the main points making an online to reflect on the topic. Beginnings and Endings are organized much like paragraphs and essays with the center focus being divided into topics and subtopics. Connections are reflection done after you preview the chapter, link new knowledge to what you already know. After previewing a chapter, you will move to the next stop of active reading, in which you read the body of the text, adding to your initial understanding of the material. Two useful habits to have when processing your ideas are Anticipating and Reacting and Visualizing. Anticipating and Reacting is guessing what the text is going to present to you entirely. As you read you match the more detailed information to the ideas you came up with agreeing or disagreeing to the statements made depending on explanations and examples. Another technique is to visualize what the author is saying by forming images in our mind. Once again you then gather the knowledge you have gained and compare it to what you would have known before.
Focusing and Recording main ideas is organizing them and developing them to make reading easier and more efficient. Look for thesis, topic and summary sentences which contain the main idea of the paragraph. Look for sentences that reiterate that main idea or connects it to ideas in the next paragraph. Also look for hints of the pattern of development.
If you want to get the most out of your reading it is important to review the material after you have finished. Reviewing effectively includes keeping