Using Conversation and Images
reading is primarily a literate activity, students who learn better
through conversation and images can rely on these strengths.
- In addition to annotating, "conversing" with a text
by hearing your thoughts out loud or discussing them with classmates
can aid your reading comprehension. Try answering questions
like "What did you think was important and why?"
- Drawing images and/or diagraming relationship also can improve
your comprehension. Reducing a difficult text to a one-page
diagram of each section's main ideas, for example, is good preparation
for summarizing, arguing, or analyzing.
- Explaining the significance of a chapter's illustrations combines
both oral and visual learning so answer: "Why were these
images chosen?" and "What do they show?"
Whether it is by writing, talking, or drawing, reflecting and
responding once you have finished reading are essential if short-term
awareness is to become part of your long-term memory.