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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: What Active Reading Looks Like


Today’s GMAT Tuesday follows up on a previous theme: How to Improve Reading Comprehension. Today, we’ll recap that video’s tips for active reading, then we’ll practice these skills by reading an article together. That way, you can test to see if you’re reading as actively as you think you are.

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Before we begin, read over this NY Times article. Then, switch on the video and we’ll practice taking notes while actively reading … all the while developing your skills so that you eventually won’t have to take notes at all!

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7 Responses to GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: What Active Reading Looks Like

  1. Tiare February 25, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

    Very helpful video!

  2. Abby June 29, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

    I only have three months to prep for GMAT, and I’m already 1 month into it. How much time should I spend in doing this and how much can I still improve?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 4, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

      Hi Abby,

      If you struggle with RC questions, then reading is the best way to improve! It’s a strategy that takes time, however; nothing happens over night. We generally recommend that students spend 30-60 minutes every day reading challenging articles and practicing active reading strategies. As to how much you can improve: that really depends on your starting point, natural learning style and the amount of effort you put into the reading practice! In two months, you will definitely see an improvement 🙂

  3. komal January 29, 2015 at 6:20 am #

    Hi Kevin.

    Firstly thanks for posting this. It’s really helpful for students like me who are newbies to habit of reading.

    Recently i joined magoosh group aiming at GMAT. I was bit worried about verbal; for a good score we need to read those questions and the options at good pace and make sense out of them. I went on reading some articles in Economist and New York times generals, but a lot of new vocab or some technology jargons are used in those passages leading to pop up a question in my mind. Which article should i read? It would really appreciate if you could post a weekly articles in the blog or to my mail ( which are good for reading to score 42-45+ in verbal. I would really appreciate that help.

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin January 29, 2015 at 10:32 am #

      Hi Komal!

      So happy that I was able to help out! I know that reading can be tough when we are starting out! 😀

      That’s great that you have dived in and have started reading! You should keep it up! Even if you encounter a lot new vocabulary, don’t give up. That’s an opportunity to learn new words and deal with jargon and terms while fighting to understand the meaning of the passage.

      I like the idea of posting articles to read each week, which is something I will consider doing. Right now, we are a small team so we can’t send out articles to read each week to students. But I recommend heading over to our GRE blog and looking at our Articles of the Month post. These articles recommend news articles to read and then provides analysis and vocab words to learn. Even though it’s for the GRE, it will still be useful for GMAT preparation:

      I hope that this can help you improve your reading skills!

      Best of luck and happy studying!


  4. Manoj January 12, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    Hello Kevin,

    Great Info. Thanks. The way you teach is itself quite entertaining :). I am a non native and look to improve my verbal score greatly(40+). I have gone thru other blog posts such as what to read and GMAT reading list and liked all of them. Please keep posting more such post/video.

    I agree that all you need to excel in GMAT verbal and then in business world during/post MBA is “Feel” of the language beside routine preparation for GMAT. And the best way to achieve this is by doing active reading from good source.

    Manoj Parashar

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin January 12, 2015 at 11:37 am #

      Hi Manoj!

      Thank you for your kind words! I know that test prep can be tough, so I try to make it as fun as possible for my students. 😀

      You are 100% right! Success on the GMAT and after is built on active reading. I am glad that you like this video and found it helpful with your active reading practice. I’ll keep making more. 😀

      Happy Studying!


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