10 Tips to Improve Your Reading Comprehension

Hi! Brian Dempsey here, and I just wanted
to make a quick video to address a couple things that came up in
a discussion on Facebook about reading and becoming a better
reader and so as we kinda went through this
thread online we were sharing some tips and
ideas about how to improve our reading
comprehension and so I thought I would share a few
things that I do and maybe this will be a help to you. Number one when you read a book, and by
the way we will title this video 10 tips to improve your
reading comprehension, and so number one is from Benjamin Franklin himself and what he
said was never read a book without a pen in hand and so on what
took that to heart I hardly walk to a mailbox without having
a book and a pen and so on if you have a pen in
your hand no matter what you’re
reading you have the opportunity to underlined, highlight…personally I like
to scribble, circle, argue with the
author. If you read in the in columns in my book sometimes I
write, well that’s a great point or you’re a blooming idiot or whatever.
But I I really interact with the author as I write in book. And some people I know
it makes your skin crawl to just think other writing a book but
if you want to improve your reading comprehension the very first thing that i would do is
take benjamin franklin’s advice and never read a book without in your
hand on another thing we talk about reading
comprehension %uh number two is read a whole paragraph or a whole section before you go to highlight or underline something
I’ll I know sometimes I can get ahead of
myself then all be reading through a book and utmost to the kinds of books that I
read are not up they’re not novels and nonfiction
books and so their their little bit more %uh
technical or or unit 4 study so long so sometimes we will begin reading and a
very first line that you see that’s interesting you want to highlight that and what I found is if you read the
entire paragraph first a lot of times there may be a summary
statement or there may be I’ll %uh a little better information for
you to highlight down in the paragraph a rather than just
%uh breaking up your train of thought I’m so you may want to read a whole
section first and then go back and find what you want
to highlight and I think that’ll help with the same reading comprehension another thing a bit I do I in fact I do it a lot is I read out
loud and on if you read out loud you will
read more slowly then if you read silently but there are
times where up by reading out loud by reading
with inflection you were able to job to have more sense
is engaged in what you’re reading so you’re not just saying it but you’re
also I’ll hearing what you’re reading and
that simply helps with reading comprehension is well and by the
way iris study just today about I reading out loud and the study gave some great insights
love the things that it mentioned was on if people read a list you like a list
the items and one of those items was different than the rest maybe
there was a list of 10 things and it was ten times and birds and lot or
nine times byrd’s and one was a sport people we tend to
remember the sport and they would forget the other nine and
so what it shows is those things that stand
out those things that are somehow different tend to make up more than
impression in our brain so a lot of times well do
is if I’m reading I come across the paragraph that you is
just a really solid something I really wanna get I’ll stop an hour we that out what held
and it really helps the set it apart in my thinking so %uh so there are times
where you can read out loud so never read a book or yet never read a
book without up in your hand read a whole paragraph per section
before you go through and highlighter underline at times readout while and then also I read silently you know if we’re gonna
read out loud sometimes some tomfoolery silently and I’m I would encourage you if you do
this we’re talking about reading comprehension %uh read with a pencil read with a PN
and simply check you to as you see something that
stands out you see something interesting simple will check in the margin and that
way you can keep reading this gives you the big picture a book
and then you can go back through and look in and pay attention later to
some other things that you you checked but I’m that will help
improve your comprehension this next one I think is
%uh something a lot of people just don’t do and win your you’re reading to study
when you’re reading and it’s something that you really want to comprehend its
not just enjoyment I’m something that I do %uh often in
fact it probably makes you look pretty silly for somebody looking in my office or maybe
I’m driving down the the road but if I read something I’ll stopped into the paragraph written into
the section at all went through it in my mind and sometimes I leave it hot through it
out wild as if I’m explaining what I’ve read to someone I if you can
formulate your thinking and not to be able to communicate that to someone else then it’s just gonna increase your comprehension and if you
do that throughout the book if you do that throughout your I study its its going to help us significant
significantly so on so never read a book load up in your
hand read the whole paragraph first at times readout while other time three
silently and simply check things that are important explain what you re and then I’m this comes from a chapter in a book that
I’m going to recommend here just a moment but learned X-ray book when we were talking
about reading comprehension on recognize that it’s okay not to read the entire book I in fact there are lots
of books that i buy that I skim through the table of
contents II look at the things that are going to be important to me
especially if it’s a compilation and them and I pick and choose the the
sections of the book that I’m going to read and I it took me awhile to not feel
guilty about not reading the whole book and only reading parts so it but doing
bad debt by being more selective I was able to benefit much more then if I simply labored through on some things that presented
information that at the time I just wasn’t interested in so learn to pay attention to the table
of contents and really pick out the areas that you
want to read I’m also something that I tend to
do is pay attention to summary words and summary words are things like
a therefore or as a result or in
conclusion I’m and make sure that when you see that you were able in your mind to know what
his argument was what the author’s argument was before he got to a summary because if you see a summary word and
you don’t understand the previous argument then you’re not really comprehending
mezzo I usually mark those Thomas summary word I’ll
underlined noun and I’m I’ll go back and make sure that
I know what the points are that are leading up to the authors
conclusion and sometimes thought we find that you
know he’s made some kind a logical fallacy and really the points that he’s brought
forth can lead to other conclusions or maybe it’s it’s simply not conclusive on also something that I would encourage you to
do isn’t use highlighters or circle and underline key craze is in a book I’ll take it I do
that here here’s an example love a book that I
read just this past week and you can see bit boy I highlight and then you know I was reading and this
particular book is on pluralism and so I’ll right here’s the word
tolerance and then I will underline the key
phrases are the key words within a sentence and I’m that really
helps to to stand out it also helps when I
highlight my underline when I finish a book up before I simply
put it down to move on to the next thing I’m I typically pick it back up and go page
for patient just look back through it and I will read
what I’ve highlighted on I just don’t understand folks
personally who can read a book and they they don’t mark in it they
don’t ride in it and then you know maybe but 1 keep all her
maybe one thing that really stood out it simply lost in there two or three or
four hundred-page book and i cant open it up and go back and
find that and so I would encourage you eyeliner
and p.m. I’m also when it comes to reading comprehension
mark words that you don’t know this is something
that in some %uh is one to help increase your
vocabulary I recently read Justin absolutely outstanding book
called professor and a madman and if you can see the
subtitle here the subtitle is I’ll a tale of
murder insanity and making at the Oxford
English Dictionary so it is a book about the making up the dictionary so on I wasn’t too
surprised when there were 35 or 40 words in the first you know however many
chapters of this book that I didn’t know but I went through and circle every
single solitary were denied it now and I was done up because this is not
only Kendall on I simply went to dictionary not
common spent spend a little bit I’m and looked up
some of these words and have added a couple to my vocabulary a few days or a little
archaic I’m bad I’m anyway fantastic thing to do
circle words that you don’t know finally up the last yet is read this book how to read a book and on more for Adler and charles van doren I absolutely
outstanding and not love the things that this does is it it helps you %uh to be able to read local pool works and to
compare them it hands the tip about X-ray notebook annual kinda understanding the authors
on purpose in Golan not being able to evaluate a book to see
if it’s something that you want to read to begin with solana was this review no such intense real
quick then number on throughout number one never read a book without up
in your hand number two I read a whole paragraph before you go through and Highline or underline anything and that what you get
the bigger context in sometimes can find the conclusions I’m
at times when you need to read out loud your read more slowly but
it will help you to remember that as you engage your senses I’m also reads I would and as you read
silently simply use it a pencil in just check %uh key paragraph C you want to go back and
read later explain what she really did learned too extreme
book and realize that you don’t have to read every single chapter on pay attention to summary words
therefore as a result in conclusion circle and underlined key words and phrases in a sentence or in a
paragraph um mark words that you don’t know and
look them up again if you have to take it is double
clicked and it pops up the dictionary there and then finally read how to read a book
I hope these tips are helpful to you and I’m my happy reading

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  2. Very good tips. I love reading. In general, it´s a very interesting hobby. You can learn so much from books. Some of my favorites are on my small website: idea-empire.jimdo.com

  3. Great Talk! I have thought abt attempting speed reading but now I know to go at my own pace with a firm idea in mind of what I want to get out of reading along with a pen + pad + imaginary amiga to explain key concepts to : )

  4. I am an avid reader, but when it comes to exams with reading comprehension, I suck. It’s not like I don’t understand, however there are always questions like “what is the sentiment in X paragraph?” or “what was the character’s purpose in line X?” I will continue to practice! thank you for the video.

  5. I cannot use a pen while I am reading the book because I borrow the books from the library and I can not write or underline on the library books

  6. Thanks you are very much informative about reading & taking notes. Your video will encourage a lot of people.

  7. When I am reading I get so sleepy. The harder I try to stay awake, the worse off I am. What kind of tips do you have?

  8. I have apd and reading to myself is better for me than reading out loud. If no one else is talking or noise around me

  9. I’m really bad at reading and when it comes to reading for school I get really stressed so today I really want to in prove

  10. Hello Brian, thank you for the video… English is my second languange, therefore I have a big problem with my reading comprehension… What will be your advice for me. Thank you.

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  12. I’m reading the ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko …. and I’ve heard it’s a very complex book ……I really want to be able to understand it soo yeh

  13. I thought I was alone in obsessively highlighting and pen use as well as marking not known words. I also don’t skip words I don’t know without checking them

  14. I'm dyslexic. I get frustrated when I read aloud because my mind skips over the words "and", "the", and "of". Often my mind replaces words like "where" with "when". By the end I'm wondering what the hell I just read. I hate my life because of dyslexia.

  15. I have this thing in which I don't have an explanation for. I have been an avid reader for many years. I read so many books, it's like an addiction but when it comes to reading comprehension in exams I just come to a halt and lose myself along the way. I don't understand why or how. Even my friends don't get how I read so much and end up with a bad score on Unit Tests and exams. Does anyone have a solution?

  16. Tip 5 is great. Understanding how your memory works helps you to remembering more of what you read. When you fill your mind with too much information at once it either gets discarded or forgotten.
    So pauses or breaks in reading after 1-3 sentences helps information sink in as well as summarizing what you just read.

  17. I want to myself love reading because I don't like reading a book how can I love reading book could you help me please

  18. 1. Always read, never stop reading. This helps your brain understand and sequence how grammar is properly constructed and will help you read faster because your brain will instantly recognise words and lexicon.
    2. Avoid flashing lights and fast stimuli like videogames or play them sparingly.

  19. Why do you have to write in the book? Isn't taking notes the same regardless of whether it's done in a book or on a separate piece of paper?

  20. Very encouraging. Thank you for sharing. I do most of these things naturally and thought something was wrong with me…especially because I read a book with a pen! I'd never heard the quote you shared prior to today. I always feel like I end up writing a book while I'm reading one because of how I journal my responses to the book!

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  23. Late to the party but some very good advice. I have a difficult time writing in books. Particularly though, I read a lot on Kindle – so no way to underline (only highlight) and any notes get separated from the text. Everyone says to write in books, but there must be a good way to make notes otherwise, especially for Kindle users? I've seen the Cornell note taking method but haven't tried it yet.

  24. A normal conversation

  25. I love all the points you've made in this video as they're all good tips but I just can't bring myself to highlight and mark-up a novel because it would spoil the reading experience for the next person who might read one of my books. I would maybe mark-up the book I needed to study it, if it's a self-help or philosophy book but not for fiction. When I want to give books away to free up space, I put them out on a street library. Can always use a notepad beside me to jot down notes on paragraphs I like or want to refer back to later.

  26. -Wow, I'm reading an outstanding book about Chinese Philosophy! Everyone shoud read it!
    -Really? Tell me more! What is it about?
    -… ahmm.. I don't remember a single idea from it..

    Thanks, I will read Adler's book and apply what you said!

  27. 1Always use a pen
    2Don’t highlight unless you completed a paragraph
    3Read out loud
    4Read silently and mark check on paragraphs you need to go back to
    5Explain what you read
    6Use summary words
    7Use highlighter
    8Mark words that you don’t know
    9Read a book called “how to read a book”

  28. Your admission that you read text books rather than novels is quite important here.
    Practical subjects are much easier to read since normally, they fire your enthusiasm.
    Novels, especially romantic, require emotional fluidity and are hard for less sensitive people.
    Abstract subjects like maths and science are the hardest to understand since the vocabulary is very difficult and the subject often badly written.
    I am hopeless at reading. I have a very short attention span and often read a whole page, getting to the bottom without a clue of what I've just read.
    Even if I do manage it, the facts are very quickly forgotten anyway.
    This is why I am a lousy scholar!

  29. Great video, but I disagree with the point about highlighting words you don’t understand, and then looking them up retrospectively. Firstly, if you don’t understand a word then you can’t expect to understand what’s being said – you should look it up immediately. iPhone users I would recommend using Siri – just say ‘define *word*’ and you get the definition within seconds. I also do this with podcasts or films. Secondly, looking up every word you didn’t understand in one sitting sounds very tedious. Other than that, great tips!

  30. Hi there any tips on how a Dyslexic like myself can improve reading or point me in the direction of someone who can,?

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  33. Never read a book without a pen at hand, I like this saying, a straightfotwrad way to deep comprehension. Thank you so much very helpful and meaty ideas👍👍👍

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