Tips for Effective Reading
Submitted by Haven Abedin, professor of English and QEP chair
Brookhaven College’s QEP plan, “Reading: The App for Life,” will strengthen students’ reading skills and their engagement
related to reading. One simple, effective reading/study strategy that all Brookhaven employees can easily share with students
is Read, Write, Review.
- Teaching students to monitor their understanding as they read and to use strategies to work through challenging texts is beneficial to them.
- Students are more likely to complete their reading assignments if professors hold them accountable in some way for their reading.
- Many students need help figuring out how to take good textbook notes or create effective chapter outlines, graphic organizers,
etc. Providing models is helpful.
- Some note-taking tips to share with students:
- Use only one side of the page.
- Leave blank spaces in between lines.
- Use phrases instead of complete sentences.
- Abbreviate common words.
- Reviewing should be active as opposed to passive rereading.
- Some active reviewing methods to share with students:
- Rewrite notes.
- Recite information out loud.
- Explain information to someone else.
- Use multiple review methods for best results.
The QEP Team is compiling a variety of reading tools that it will share with Brookhaven College employees and students.