Reading & Thinking Strategies

These ideas come courtesy of the research of P. David Pearson and Janice Dole by means of one of my college courses.

Here are some strategies to use while reading to track thinking in order to become a better reader, especially for those who struggle with reading.

Before reading:

  • set purpose
  • make a prediction

During reading:

  • ask questions
  • relate what you’re reading to another text, personal experience, or real-world situation
  • confirm or reject prediction
  • track important ideas by taking notes mentally or physically
  • keep track of  and differentiate between what is more important and not a trivial detail
  • make inferences
  • visualize what is being read
  • re-read
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