Reading Comprehension Skills Practice

Reading Comprehension Skills Practice
Reading Comprehension Skills Practice

According to Webster's Dictionary, comprehension is "the capacity for understanding fully; the act or action of grasping with the intellect." Webster adds that reading is "to receive or take in the sense of (as letters or symbols) by scanning; to understand the meaning of written or printed matter; to learn from what one has seen or found in writing or printing." Identifying words on a page does not make someone a successful reader. When the words are understood and transcend the pages to become thoughts and ideas, then a person is truly reading. Comprehension is the capacity for understanding those thoughts and ideas. With nearly 100 million Americans reading at or below basic levels, it is important to strengthen reading comprehension skills.

Reading comprehension skills practice: Application
With proper reading comprehension skills practice, average readers can become more proficient. An area of focus is reading the entire paragraph to get an idea of what the paragraph is about. Some readers find it helpful to whisper the words as they read or to form a picture in their mind of what their are reading. Once they have a general idea of what the paragraph is about they can examine each sentence in the paragraph to identify the important words that tell what the sentence is about, and ignoring the words that are not needed to tell what the sentence is about. They can then decide what are the main ideas in each paragraph and decipher the supporting details for those main ideas. It might be helpful to write the main idea for each paragraph in a notebook. This provides a written record of the most important ideas they learned. This written record is helpful if they have to take a test that covers the reading assignment.

Reading comprehension skills practice: Action
Reading comprehension skills practice includes: reading for understanding; finding the main ideas and supporting details/evidence within the text; making inferences and drawing conclusions; recognizing a text's patterns of organization; perceiving conceptual relationships; testing your knowledge and understanding of the material through application. When comprehension fails, or if a person's understanding seems limited, they implement a plan that includes: using structural analysis and contextual clues to identify unknown vocabulary words; reading more critically and asking questions while they read; summarizing or outlining main points and supporting details; and rereading the material. Although reading means different things to different people, and skills vary with every individual, reading is a skill that can be improved. At LearningRx, we have proven training methods that help people become better readers with better comprehension. Call a LearningRx Center near you or check us out at

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