Active reading is a method of reading that involves actively engaging with the text, rather than simply passively absorbing the information. Active reading strategies include:
- Previewing: Skimming the text before reading it in depth, to get a sense of the main ideas and organization of the text.
- Annotating: Underlining, highlighting, or making notes in the margins of the text, to help you identify key concepts, arguments, and important details.
- Summarizing: Summarizing the main ideas and arguments of the text, to help you understand and remember the most important information.
- Questioning: Asking questions about the text, such as “Why is this information important?” or “What evidence is provided to support this argument?”
- Connecting: Making connections between the text and your own knowledge, experiences, and other texts, to help you understand and remember the information.
- Reflecting: Thinking critically about the text, and evaluating its arguments, evidence, and implications.
Active reading helps the reader to understand the material better, retain the information and be able to analyze it. It also helps the reader to become more engaged and interested in the text, making the reading experience more enjoyable and productive.