December 27, 2014
Smart reading is a skill that students develop through using a set of robust strategies in their reading and analyzing of texts. I am not talking here about critical reading or close reading (through both of these types can be part of smart reading), smart reading is about knowing what to read, when to read , and how to read it. It is a holistic kind of practice that integrates other key reading skills such as skimming and scanning. In this wonderful visual from Learning Commons are featured some useful strategies students can use to improve their reading competencies towards becoming better and smart readers. These strategies include:
- Skim and take notes rather than read every single word
- Identify your reading priorities
- Dig for deeper understanding of concepts and arguments rather just prepositional knowledge
- Assign enough time for your readings.