Have you ever completed a reading passage only to have to read it again? When it comes to taking the Praxis Core exam, rereading passages is a waste of time. You may run out of time before you can answer every question. If you’re wondering how to remember what you read, try these 5 tips.
1. Take Notes
Think about the main themes of each passage. As you come up with the theme, you may want to jot down ideas. Use your scratch paper to take notes. This will help you focus as you read. As an added bonus, you can refer to your notes as you answer the questions on the exam.
2. Pose Questions
Before starting a passage, ask yourself a few questions. For example, what is the passage about? What is the theme of the passage? What is the author trying to say about the subject? Then, as you read through the passage, answer your questions. Look for the answers, so you are better prepared to answer the exam questions.
3. Review the Questions First
If you need help coming up with questions, take a quick moment to read through the exam questions. What questions will you need to answer after reading the passage? It will take a few extra minutes to do this, but it can help you stay focused as you read the passage.
4. Make Connections
To help you focus on what you’re reading, try to make a connection to the passage. What do you know about the subject? Have you ever experienced anything described in the passage? When you find personal connections to the passage, you’ll have an easier time staying focused and remembering what you read. It might also help you figure out the answers after the passage.
5. Read Out Loud
Reading out loud may not be possible while you’re taking the exam, but it can help you while you’re preparing for it. I benefit from reading out loud. When it’s not possible to do so, I mouth the words or silently whisper the words. It slows me down, but it helps me remember what the passage is about.
As you take practice tests, try these tips to remember what you read. Find the technique that works for you, so you can use it when you take the Praxis Core reading exam.