It’s 3:30 pm on a Monday. Your kid has successfully made it through the first day of the week. Sat through every class. Listened to pretty much everything each teacher had to say and didn’t complain about it once. Great. So has he or she earned the right to go out and hang with friends and forget about class until tomorrow? Nope. Now it’s study time. More specifically, now it’s reading time.
At the high school level, an average reading assignment for one class will be at least thirty pages and often times a lot more. Stack that on top of the rest of the homework your child will have to worry about each night, and that long reading, no matter how interesting, hardly seems worth it. And to top it all off, as you likely already know, that workload will get a whole lot heavier once your kid heads off to college.
It’s for these reasons that it’d serve your child well to learn the following reading comprehension skills, so as to make that nightly chunk of work a whole lot more manageable. These are the kinds of skills that your child will take with her or him and use for many years to come.
Be selective of timing: The more conscious your child is of his or her schedule, the easier it will be for him or her to avoid distractions. By setting a designated time, it becomes much more difficult to make excuses. Structure is always a good habit to incorporate into daily activities, not just homework.
Be selective with location: If your child is the type of person that needs complete silence, then coffee shops or the school library may not be the best ideas. There are passers by, music, computers with Facebook and any number of more exciting things to do than read. However, if your child is the type who needs a bit of noise and distraction to keep from pulling her or his hair out, then that’s okay as well. The point is to find a location that is conducive to productivity and to keep going back there. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If it’s broke, leave.
Be selective with what’s important: It’s a good idea to be aware of the purpose of the assignment, and also of the end goal. Most teachers will tell their students at the start that there will either be an exam or a paper at the end of the term. If the reader is looking for ideas of what to write about and trying to find evidence to reinforce her or his hypothesis. Regardless of whether the hypothesis checks out or not, it will influence your child to be a more focused reader.
Check comprehension before continuing: Every several pages it’s always useful to quiz oneself. What would be an exam question that refers to this chapter and could your child answer it? Reading every word isn’t usually necessary. But getting the main idea almost always is.
To be a good reader is to be a good thinker and a more informed writer. Reading skills are among the most valuable skills anyone learns in school. These skills will make your kid really good at it. But if you really want your child to be truly excellent, it behooves you to look into investing in the quality tutoring services NYC is known for. Big Apple Tutoring has you covered. Give them a call today at 212-479-0830 to learn more.