1. New Notes - Basic Reading Program
  2. New Notes - Basic Reading Strategies
  3. New Notes - Basic Reading Comprehension
  4. New Notes - Basic Reading Skills

There are three steps to effectively taking notes while reading: At the end of each chapter write a few bullet points that summarize what you’ve read and make it personal if you can — that is, apply it to something in your life. Also, note any unanswered questions. When you’re done the book, put it down for a week.


The notes ( ) placed within the treble clef represent the melody of the song. You will only need to play one note at a time when you read music. On the piano you play the melody with the right hand. The notes written on the lines and spaces of the treble clef tell you two things about them: 1) Their pitch (how high or low). Notes 'reading miscues such as mispronunciation of words, omitted words, reversals, repetitions, substitutions, and word-by-word reading. PURPOSES OF THE BASIC READING INVENTORY. On the basis of the child's perforMance on the word lists and graded paragraphs the teacher can determine the child's. Effective note-making is an important practice to master at university. You have a lot of new knowledge and you need to develop reliable mechanisms for recording and retrieving it when necessary. But note-making is also a learning process in itself, helping you to process and understand the information you receive. Good note-making.

New Notes - Basic Reading Program

It seems like I’ve seen several different websites post articles about how to read a book in the last few weeks. Many of them had some helpful suggestions; others didn’t make much sense to me. So I thought it might be nice to think through just how I read a book.


In the process of examining my method, I decided that others might benefit from my discoveries, and as a result, this article was written.

Some of the material I read had some interesting suggestions. One site instructed me to read the book through very quickly, scanning more than reading, looking for significant ideas. The next step was to follow that up with an in-depth read of the book. To finish, a third time through the book was necessary, reading only the sections I highlighted, underlined, or otherwise took notes about.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to read every book three times. That is simply not practical for my life. I understand the point that article was making, that this would help me to grasp a much larger portion of the material being read. But it just doesn’t seem workable for me.

Another blog suggested that I simply read the book, making no notes or highlights at all, allowing the material to sink into my mind on its own. This might work when I read fiction, but I won’t learn anything at all using this process. So that isn’t a practical way to read, either.

Here’s a brief look at how I read a book, the notes and symbols I use, and how it works for me. If this helps you, great. But just because I’ve found it to be useful, doesn’t mean that you will benefit from it just the same as I do.

To start off, I use a Zebra mechanical pencil or an archival quality pen. When using a pencil, I use 5mm lead. Most of the time, I use an archival quality pen, the Pigma Micron 01, in both black and red. This is a vibrant ink that doesn’t bleed through the page. I use the two colors for different applications, which I’ll share in a moment.

I underline (or highlight using an Avery Hi-Liter) any relevant thoughts and passages. For most of these, I identify a key thought or idea, which I jot down in the margin.

I will also make short notes in the margins surrounding significant parts of the book.

For most of these instances, I will then list the key word or phrase on the blank pages found at the very end of most books, along with the page number and any further clarification I feel is needed. This provides me with an index of my thoughts and notes which is easily searchable after the book is finished.

For example, I’ll write “p17 – subject/key word, notes and thoughts”. This helps me to see at a glance where the most meaningful parts of the book were, and my thoughts on them. I’ve found this to be extremely helpful as I go back looking for material for use in a sermon or lesson.

As I read, I also use a system of symbols to help me identify key ideas at a a glance later. Here are the symbols that I use, along with their meaning.

* (asteric) – Important or insightful information

New Notes - Basic Reading Strategies

! (exclamation point) – Very important information

red – Critical information

? (question mark) – requires further research or clarification

box – Indicates a quote or illustration which I add to Evernote

circle – Indicates that a follow-up action is required

arrow – Lists or bullet points worth remembering

{ } (brackets) – Good thoughts for use in sermons or lessons

I decided to create this information in the form of a book mark that I had printed and keep handy as I read. This helps me to remember my symbols and use them quickly and efficiently as I read. Below is an image of the bookmark. On the reverse is another system of note taking I use when reading the Bible. I’ll share that system in a future post.

I had these printed as bookmarks by GR Print, and I keep a stack located in strategic locations where I frequently read, such as the shelf next to my chair at home, on my nightstand, my desk, and in my car and computer bag. That way they are within easy grasp all the time.

New Notes - Basic Reading Comprehension

This system isn’t flawless, and I tweak it frequently. But it works pretty well for me. I’m able to retain much of what I read, and put my hands on the information quickly when I need to refer to it.

Do you take notes while reading? What do you do to retain what you read? You can share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Good reading comprehension comes only with practice. The basic aspects of reading, such as word recognition, phonetics and fluency, can be mastered in just a few years. However, throughout this process reading comprehension must be emphasized. Students may be able to eloquently repeat the words that the see on a page all day, but without reading comprehension skills, they're unable to fully understand the content, predict what will happen next, recognize characters, gain insight or understanding to build upon, or relate what they're reading to their own life's experience.

Sadly, classrooms across the United States have students who struggle with reading comprehension. They may be able to phonetically decipher words and sound them out, but that's the extent of their ability to read. They don't know what the words actually mean. They don't have the reading comprehension skills to fully grasp concepts, ideas and word phrases expressed in written text. Whether to gain understanding, develop a new skill, or for pure pleasure of reading, full comprehension of what you read is necessary. Reading comprehension is also imperative for a successful career and to excel academically.

Students frequently enter college without understanding how necessary good reading comprehension skills are for academic success. Those who grasp the information they read in textbooks earn better grades and experience far less stress than those who struggle to fully understand what they're reading. The following tips will enhance your ability to understand complicated concepts detailed in textbooks and improve your reading comprehension.

Pre-reading survey

Before reading a text, complete a pre-reading survey for a brief summary of it. This will give you an idea of what to expect in the text, so your reading will be more productive. The first thing you should do in a pre-reading survey is read the introduction and review the table of contents. Next, read section and chapter headings and text highlighted with bold print. Throughout the process, be sure to focus on general information, not specifics.

The following is a bullet list of specific things you should look over and/or read when performing a pre-reading survey of a textbook chapter.

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  • Chapter title and subtitles. – Reading the chapter title and subtitles will provide you with the overall topic of the chapter, and will provide your reading direction and focus.
  • Focus questions at the beginning of each chapter. – Many (not all) textbooks include focus questions at the beginning of each chapter. Reviewing these questions before reading the text will help provide focus and indicate what to look for while reading the chapter.
  • Chapter introductions and first paragraphs. – The first paragraph of a chapter usually provides an introduction to what the chapter will be about.
  • Boldface subheadings. – Many sections will begin with boldface subheadings. Reviewing these subheadings before reading the chapter will provide you an idea of what major topics to focus on as you read each chapter section.
  • First sentence of each paragraph. – The first sentence of a paragraph usually introduces the central thought of the paragraph. It tells you what the paragraph is about. However, in some texts, the first sentence is more of an attention getter. In this case, you'll need to read the first and second sentence of each paragraph. This exercise alone will provide you a very good idea of what the entire chapter is about and the major themes to look for as you read.
  • Visual aids – Look for any material that is presented in list form (ie., 1,2,3, lettered a,b,c, etc.). Bulleted list of information, pictures, diagrams, maps and pictures can all help you identify the most important points of the chapter.
  • Last paragraph or chapter summary. – The last paragraph or summary provides a condensed explanation of what the chapter was about – including the most important takeaways.
  • End-of-chapter material. – Sometimes textbooks will provide study questions, or other study materials, at the end of each chapter. If present, review these materials to get a better idea of the important ideas and concepts to look for as you read.

Define your purpose

Many texts contain information and details that are unrelated to the most important concepts and ideas. Identifying a purpose or objective when reading will keep you focused on what's important. Defining your purpose ahead of time will also help you classify information that is relevant to the main concepts, as well as that which is nonessential, so you can maximize the time spent studying what's most important.

Read the text

Now that you've completed your pre-reading survey and identified a purpose, it's time to actually sit down and read the text. If you have a difficult time concentrating when you read, we recommend reading out loud. Many people comprehend material better if they read it out loud – especially if you're an auditory learner.

Take notes or highlight important concepts

Writing something down is one of the most effective memory techniques. As you come across key concepts, facts and ideas, use a highlighter, write them down on a piece of paper, or make a note in the margin. This will help you remember what you've read and be able to quickly access important sections for future reference.

Post-reading review

After reading a text, take time to identify what you've learned and important takeaways. This will help you internalize what you've learned and help you retain it for future reference. Identifying what you've learned will also help you identify what you still do not fully comprehend, so you can spend more time reviewing unclear concepts.

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