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Active Reading Skills for the Adult Learner

Dianna is a writer with a background in education and business. She writes to inspire and encourage others.

Active reading skills will help to build your reading comprehension and increase your reading enjoyment.

Active reading skills will help to build your reading comprehension and increase your reading enjoyment.


Reading comprehension is defined as the level of understanding of a text/message. This understanding comes from the interaction between the words that are written and how they trigger knowledge outside the text/message (source: wikipedia.com). However, I love this quote from Dickinson which illuminates my personal belief of reading:

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.”
Emily Dickinson

Reading Comprehension: Active Reading Skills Practice

Reading Comprehension Exercise

Read the story below and then take the quiz posted within the next section. Try to complete the quiz from memory, no fair peaking! This will give you an idea of how following the Active Reading steps outlined in this article helps to retain what you read.

An Afternoon Lunch

  • A Little Girl's Reflection

Sitting by the small pond was a little girl eating a sandwich while watching the small fish wiggle around the lily pads. She loved this quiet place as it was the best place to eat her favorite treat, pickles dipped in chocolate. Her brother, Humphrey, often came with her, but today he decided to ride his bike instead. She looked down upon her pretty red dress with the blue butterflies and admired the way it looked in the sunshine. She wished she could stay there longer but it would soon be time to head for home. She heard a voice call to her, "Time for your piano lessons, Alice!" She packed up her lunch bag and ran for home.


Lunch Bag contained:

  • Water bottle

  • peanut butter sandwich

  • pickle dipped in chocolate

  • carrot sticks

Exercise: How Is Your Reading Comprehension Skill?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. In the story above, what color was the girl's dress?
    • Yellow with green flowers
    • Red with blue butterflies
  2. What did she like to eat?
    • Pickles dipped in chocolate
    • Oranges covered in coconut
  3. What was her brother's name?
    • Harold
    • Humphrey
  4. What was her name?
    • Alice
    • Alicia

Answer Key

  1. Red with blue butterflies
  2. Pickles dipped in chocolate
  3. Humphrey
  4. Alice

Active Reading Skills

I can't think of anything more rewarding than the achievement of wisdom through reading the written word. This article will help adult learners acquire active reading skills, capturing the ability to understand the written word. As readers learn these skills it will help them not only to comprehend what they read, but to enjoy reading.

When you sit down to read a newspaper, book or magazine, do you skim through it? Looking at the pictures, headlines and captions may seem as if you are capturing the essence of the written content, but it's probably not helping you to comprehend and learn. In fact, you may not even remember what you have read an hour later. Here are some simple steps to help you make reading effective and enjoyable:

Preview The Material:

  • Read the headlines, headings, subheadings first before reading the content.
  • Look at any pictures, maps, charts, captions and illustrations associated with the material you are interesting in reading.
  • If there are any bulleted lists, scan through them. This will help you to preview what the article is about.
  • If there is an introduction to your material, such as in a book, read this before you begin the first chapter or section of the content.

Question List:

Before your begin to read, write down or mentally ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I know anything about this subject? This will help you to process the information prior to reading.
  • What are key ideas I think this material is trying to tell me? This will stimulate your interest in the content you are about to read.
  • Finally, look for these answers while you read. Since this method requires you to focus on the words, it will make more sense to you as your read and add to your memorization of the content.

Begin Reading:

  • As you delve into the content, read in small sections so that you can digest words. Similar to taking small chewable bites when you eat so that your body can best process your food.
  • Visualize or picture the main words in your head such as nouns (subjects, places, persons, names, things).
  • If you feel the material is frustrating or confusing, stop. Take a break. Reread slowly once again after you are rested. It is not important to complete the entire material, your goal is to comprehend, identify and understand what is being said through the written word.
  • Remember to look for answers to your questions (from the previous section). Write your answers down on paper, draw them if it helps. Don't worry, you don't have to be an artist for this exercise!
  • Take notes as your read, again drawing may help. Write your notes in your own words so that it makes sense to you.
  • Use highlighters, or underline words that seem important.

Read Out Loud:

  • Recite the questions your wrote out loud and answer them, out loud. This will stimulate and engage your other senses increasing your awareness of the material you just read.
  • Record your responses and read them out loud. This will help you to remember and retain the information longer.

Review The Material:

  • Go back and read the headlines, captions, subheadings, once again.
  • Read what you highlighted.
  • Reread the words or sections that you found difficult to read or to understand.
  • Read the questions you wrote down and your answers.
  • Try to summarize or give a brief story of what you read.

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Why I Encourage Adults To Read

My love of reading was inspired by my father's story. Growing up an orphan, he did not have the advantage of an education living in a third world country. His immigration to the United States provided him an avenue for improving his quality of life.

At the age of twenty-three he came to America, unable to read. He didn't even know there was such a thing as the written word; until he took on a job as a janitor for a local church. Each day he would hear the pastor and his staff reading out loud from a book, which he later discovered was the Bible. He was intrigued that they were able to make words come alive, and that they gave life and meaning to his ears and mind.

After that, he made sure that he worked in that particular area every day so that he could hear them read and possibly learn something from their conversations. As time passed, the pastor noticed my father was listening at a closer distance each day. One day before the group met, the pastor asked my father if cared to join them. My father expressed his desire to join in but that he didn't understand how to make the words speak. Through the gentle teaching of this caring pastor, my father was taught to read.

For this reason, my father stressed to each one of his children the importance of a good education, and the enjoyment of reading. He valued knowledge and role modeled it well for the family. I am thankful for his inspiration as I continue to reach towards the goal of being all I can be in life for my own personal satisfaction, but more so to help others.

© 2012 Dianna Mendez

Comments

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on April 06, 2020:

You are welcome, and I pray you a w9nderful day

Dianna Mendez (author) on April 05, 2020:

Laurinzoscott, you did very well on the quiz! Thank you for the comment.

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on April 04, 2020:

Very nice article, and im supriaed I did well 9n the quiz...these are things si essential to learning...great stuff

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on November 14, 2016:

Great tip to review the material read so that it stays fresh in your mind. Well said. I like your enthusiasm for reading :)

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 02, 2016:

Paul, Thank you for validating the content for readers. I appreciate your comment and support. Good to know it hits the mark. Have a great weekend.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on August 25, 2016:

Thanks for sharing a very useful hub which all will benefit from. As a former EFL and ESL teacher in Thailand, I always stressed to my students the importance of pre-reading skills which you have presented in this article. It is so important to activate the prior knowledge you have and ask questions while reading. I am sharing this hub with HP followers and also on Facebook.

Dianna Mendez (author) on January 17, 2015:

Heidi, thanks for coming by and leaving encouraging words. I hope you are enjoying a great weekend.

Mary, I enjoy reading but as you say, it's been some time since I've sat to truly enjoy a good book. Glad you passed the exam. You get a shiny star!

Lovedoctor, excellent quiz score! Active reading takes practice and patience, as you lead to in your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by today.

Lex, my father was my mentor and encouraged education in all his children. Thanks for your comment and support. Enjoy a good week.

lex123 on January 05, 2015:

You have very well displayed the points to comprehend for understanding and active reading ! I'm sure this hub will be helpful to many readers. I particularly liked your father's story - really inspiring!

lovedoctor926 on December 25, 2014:

Merry Christmas Diana. I found this hub useful. Helpful tips. This passage was fairly easy. I only read it once and scored 100% on the quiz. However, active reading is more complex since we are always making deductions and drawing conclusions. Thank you for sharing this information.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 23, 2014:

I used to read much more than I do now (sorry to say). I took a speed reading course some years ago, and I think it harmed my reading skills.

I did pass your test, though.

Very informative and interesting Hub!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on December 23, 2014:

Glad to see I passed. :) Good reading tips that can help save time and build comprehension. Voted up and useful!

Dianna Mendez (author) on December 23, 2014:

Thanks for posting this article, Nell!

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 10, 2014:

Ubrish, I am so thankful I had a father who valued education and promoted that attitude with his children. I was blessed. Thank you for your kind support. Enjoy your week, dear friend.

ubrish ali from Pakistan(Asia) on November 09, 2014:

You inspired from your father,its really great,it's a positive attitude towards education

Dianna Mendez (author) on January 04, 2013:

Formosangirl, I am also of the mindset that if I don't know something -- it is better to admit it and learn. Lots of people are too stubborn to do this and they end up hurting themselves later. Thanks for your positive reflection here. Enjoy your weekend.

formosangirl from Los Angeles on January 04, 2013:

What an inspirational hub! Your grandfather valued self-improvement and didn't turn away an opportunity to learn, even though this would have revealed his inadequacy. I see so many new immigrants who failed to find the same purpose and worse violate laws. Thanks for sharing.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 13, 2012:

Beingwell, practice does perfect things. I love to read but don't have the time right now to sit and enjoy reading. So practice on leisure time to read is my concern. Thanks for coming by here, your visit was a nice add to the hub topic. Take care.

beingwell from Bangkok on November 13, 2012:

Great hub! I'm an average reader... and when I read aloud, my tongue sometimes stumbles. As in everything else though, practice makes perfect. And I need to sharpen up on my reading skills. Thanks for this hub. Upped and shared it to my friends.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 02, 2012:

Alocsin, you always bring great, new insight to a topic; yes, I guess it would also work for the internet. Thanks for stopping by and for your support. Enjoy your weekend.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 02, 2012:

I am guessing this only works for non-fiction, right? This is also a great way to read stuff on the Internet. Voting this Up and Useful.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 30, 2012:

Peter, I appreciate your of how people in your culture view reading. I am glad to hear how fluent they are in reading. It is good to know these reading skills will help other cultures to read in English. Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your day.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 26, 2012:

Hey, Peggy, sorry it has taken me so long to answer this. Hurricane Sandy, work (some fun) has delayed my online experience! It is a pleasure and joy to see you on the hub. I believe it is never too late to learn to read. My father is a great example of that!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2012:

Your father was obviously a great inspiration for you and you have taken it and become a great teacher. He must have been so proud of you! Reading comprehension is so important for business purposes but also for pure pleasure. I grew up with the love of reading and feel sorry for people who do not have that skill. It is worth fostering and developing at any age.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 21, 2012:

2besure, good to have the validation on this subject from one who knows active reading skills. I am glad that they worked for you and that you still enjoy reading and writing. Thank you for your valued support. Blessings, friend!

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 20, 2012:

These are excellent tips, and actually what I learned when I went to college. Having ADD, reading was always very frustrating for me. Especially when it came to school. I still don't understand why I enjoy writing. Anyway, this is a great refresher for me. Love the hub! Voted up!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 20, 2012:

Millionaire, I can't imagine not wanting to read. Congrats on the 100% score, you deserve a gold star! Reading out loud helps your thoughts to focus and to record print in your mind. You have excellent reading skills. Thanks for your added value here today. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Shasta Matova from USA on October 20, 2012:

I can't imagine not knowing how to read - it is such an important part of my life. You have provided excellent tips here - I used the visualization technique to remember the story and scored 100% on your test. When I worked at the bank, I read out loud in order to keep my concentration on the boring legal documents and school textbooks. It really worked!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 19, 2012:

I think you are right, I sometimes have o read a passage twice (maybe 3x) before I get it. Signs of a busy life, busy mind, and I like to say seasoned mind. My father was a great inspiration to me through the years. Thank you, you are so sweet, Linda.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on October 19, 2012:

Sometimes I find myself reading certain passages of articles a couple of times to help retain information. I guess that comes with a busy life and an older brain! I thoroughly enjoyed this Hub. You are an inspiration to us, just as your father was to you! :)

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 12, 2012:

Hello Anglnwu! My father's story was inspiration for me throughout my school years. I am glad that the reading skills are helpful to others. Yes, I love Dickinson's quote as it describes how I feel about words. Enjoy your weekend.

anglnwu on October 12, 2012:

What a beautiful story about how your father learned how to read--reminds of a similar story I read in Reader's Digest long ago--very inspiring. Reading is such a pleasure and a privilege, which some of us take for granted. Good tips on how to read and understand what we're reading. Of course Dickinson's quote is just exquisite. Thanks and shared.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 11, 2012:

I found these tips helped me to comprehend those textbooks in college that were really wordy. Yes, reading out loud does help. Thank you, Vinaya, for coming here today. Your comment added value to the hub content.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on October 11, 2012:

When I was in college I found reading loud very helpful. I also wrote what I was reading, and this reading and writing at the same time also helped me a lot. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 11, 2012:

Midget, thank you so much for your support. I find these tips helped me to learn to read with comprehension, especially during college.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 11, 2012:

Excellent advice for processing reading just that bit faster for adults, and helping them to process information! Thanks for sharing this, and I share as well.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 11, 2012:

Today, you will have no argument from me on your thought. It keeps us active and engaged in life successfully.

todaylearning from Texas, United States on October 10, 2012:

excellent article, reading keeps our mind intelligent and fresh. Thank you for sharing.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 09, 2012:

Lyric, I do enjoy sharing what I know about education and child development with readers; and I am happy to hear how it helps people, such as yourself. Thank you for your kind words and support of my efforts here on HP. God bless you. Enjoy your day's journey in peace.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on October 09, 2012:

Teaches, you never cease to amaze me. Reading your articles has been so beneficial to myself and my children, so thanks for that. Reading is so important, probably the most important subject I would think. This is a great source of valuable information and I am happy for you that you can continue teaching through your articles. I am sure that it is important to you and fulfilling in some sense. Hands down, you should win an award from Hubpages because your articles are class "A." Teaches, great work as ALWAYS. Wishing you nothing but the best, take care:)

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 09, 2012:

Nell, I am so glad that you took the quiz and gave me your feedback. I learned early that reading the intoduction was important as a lead to the book, article, etc. It does help to comprehend the material. Thanks for you insightful add to the hub.

Nell Rose from England on October 09, 2012:

Hi teaches, fascinating reading, I love to read, in fact I do read the introduction to books, and the authors page at the end. I believed I took it all in, but I was surprised to see that I got one of the questions wrong! lol! the boys name! so it does prove we do miss things even though we think we take it all in, great hub, and voted up! nell

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 09, 2012:

Happy to hear the hub was enjoyable. Thanks. Enjoy your evening.

Joshua Nyamache from Kenya on October 09, 2012:

I enjoyed reading this hub. Great work. Voted you up!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 08, 2012:

Jean, that is very sad. Too bad the parents cannot even see this as a great time to bond. I am so glad that he had your teaching passion to nurture his love of reading. Thanks for coming by and adding value to the subject. Be well and strong.

jean fd on October 08, 2012:

sadly, it is hard to make adults WANT to read. =( I have a preschooler who borrowed a book from me to take home to read with his mom. A few days later, the child told me they haven't read the book yet. His father later informed me that his wife isn't really fond of reading. It's a pity since their child really loves books. In the end, I spend extra time reading him a story each day. He doesn't mind it if we're reading the same stories over and over.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 08, 2012:

Stephanie, many thanks to you on supporting my writing efforts. I agree that these skills are useful to all ages. Take care and walk your day's journey in peace.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 08, 2012:

Unknown, thanks for the support of the topic. I enjoy writing on these subjects as they have been useful to me as well.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 08, 2012:

Cogerson, glad this hub as inspired you to read. Never know what doors will open when you get into a book! Thanks for you positive reflection and take care.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 08, 2012:

Ignugent, you reminded me of when I first started to read -- funny how you remember after someone mentions their experience. I enjoyed it and wanted to read everything I could get my hands on at the time. Enjoy your day's journey.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 08, 2012:

Thank you, MG, for your reading and commenting on this hub. You are always a welcome visitor.

MG Singh from UAE on October 08, 2012:

What a lovely post. Thank you Teaches

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on October 08, 2012:

This provides a great overview of the importance of reading and comprehension skills. You also beautifully detail ways to approach and hone these skills. But I think these suggestions apply to all learners and not just adults.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on October 08, 2012:

very well written Dianna!! you're superb on these kind of things!

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on October 08, 2012:

Very nicely done....I like how you started the hub off with a Dickinson quote....and a very good quote to boot. I think doing a question list is a very useful tool....and I amazed that I have not thought of that before. Your hub is packed much some very useful suggestions.....makes me want to get back to reading a book that I had stopped reading many months ago....voted up and useful.

ignugent17 on October 08, 2012:

I remember the times when I was just learning to read and it really exciting to know the words. Then I enjoyed reading novels and other books.

This is really very useful and helpful.

Voted up and useful! :-)

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 07, 2012:

TeacherJoe, highlighting is a great methods to use when reading and studying. I use it often. Enjoyed your add to the subject here. God bless you richly.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 07, 2012:

Hyphenbird, it is rewarding to teach reading and to know that you have helped someone to better their life. Blessings.

teacherjoe52 on October 07, 2012:

Good morning teaches.

Great tips. When in school I found highlighting to make review quicker and to stick in my mind which made remembering easier. It was great come test time.

God bless you.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on October 07, 2012:

I believe a great reader has a world opening up to him or her. I am blessed to be a gifted reader. My son is also. For the last two years I have tutored friends children in reading comprehension. It was a gift to see them bloom. It must be so rewarding for adults to improve also. Thank you teaches.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 07, 2012:

Thanks, B. Malin. I do sympathize with some of the adult readers who were never given the chance to grasp good reading skills for one reason or another. It is never too late to develop a good habit. Enjoy your evening.

b. Malin on October 07, 2012:

It's sad to think that there are Adults out there who can NOT read...What a Wonderful, Educational Hub, Teacher. I Loved the Story of your Father, very Poignant read. Thank Goodness for Teachers like YOU. LOL.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 07, 2012:

Frog Prince, LOL... you have a point there. Thanks for coming by today. Enjoy your evening.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 07, 2012:

Hucklebury, I can't imagine not wanting to know how to read, but many do not care to value this skill. Thanks for your added value to the hub topic and for your kind comment. Be safe and well.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 07, 2012:

Vellur, I have to say my father was a great motivator in my getting a college education. Reading does open the door. Take care and thanks for visiting today.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 07, 2012:

Alicia, I can't thank you enough for coming by here. Reading does open the door to adventure and excitement for any age. Take care.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 07, 2012:

The story about your father and his desire to read is beautiful, Dianna. Thank you for sharing your ideas for helping an adult learn to read effectively. This is a very important topic. Reading opens up a whole new world to people!

The Frog Prince from Arlington, TX on October 07, 2012:

teaches - There are quite a few people on this very forum (Hub Pages) who give the appearance of needing to learn the skills you've outlined on this Hub. I'm just sayin...

The Frog

huckelbury on October 07, 2012:

Good morning, Teaches,

Whenever I consider someone who is illiterate, a profound sadness surrounds me. Your father's story is a remarkable one that should inspire others to emulate him. Clearly, you are your father's daughter, as this hub demonstrates. Your love of learning and desire to spread the wealth to others is a breath of fresh air in a world that often values form over substance. I can't imagine a life without reading. Thanks for the passion and effort.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 07, 2012:

Great hub, reading without understanding is like reading words that do not speak out to the reader nor touch the reader's mind in any way. The purpose of reading is to understand and enjoy what is being read. You have given great tips and ways to understand. Your father was wise and understood the importance of being a man of letters.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 06, 2012:

Jesse,

I am sorry that your wife didn't receive the support of educators to make her life enjoyable. Good for her that she pursued help in reading and is now an avid reader. There are many adults out there who cannot read. College students are in this category as well. Thank you for your visit and for adding value to the topic. God bless you and your wife.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 06, 2012:

Sunshine, thanks for your support. Always a good day when you visit a hub! Enjoy your weekend.

jessefutch from North Carolina on October 06, 2012:

My wife has Asperger's Syndrome and was actually allowed to go through school without being able to comprehend what she read. They turned a blind eye and went for good enough. Luckily in her adult life she sought out assistance and now has a great love for reading. Many people simply do not realize how many adults have issues with reading and comprehension. Thanks for this excellent hub. Voted up.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 06, 2012:

You are such an awesome teacher Dianna :)

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 06, 2012:

Thank you, Michele, for your support and for your comment. I agree that we need to change the structure of the educational system to reinforce the basic values of reading. It's what leads to success. Enjoy your evening. God bless you.

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on October 06, 2012:

Teaches, this is a beautiful and wonderful hub. I wish more teachers were like you. Today all they do is teach them enough to pass the test that all children have to pass. Also, all of our kids want to do is play on their cell phones, play computer games. Thank you for sharing the story of your father with us.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 06, 2012:

Thank Bill for your add to this content. Yes, I agree: sadly, many students are not able to read with comprehension these days. Take care and enjoy your evening.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 06, 2012:

You have done well as always, Dianna! In all honesty I'm not sure I could teach reading. I know that your suggestions and tips are right on, and I know that more and more students are unable to read with comprehension.

Well done my friend!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 06, 2012:

Comfort B. It is good to see you here tonight. I think you may have hit on something with the tech gadgets. Not only are they losing effective writing skills, but reading as well. Great add to the content! Take care.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 06, 2012:

Donnah, you are so right. I believe many students do not know how to read with comprehension. It is a skill. Thanks for you added value here. Take care. Blessings.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 06, 2012:

Janine, I had to give credit to my dad for the wonderful skill he taught us to love. Thanks for your support and you have a great Sunday.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 06, 2012:

Hey Fiddleman! Thanks, much.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 06, 2012:

Rtalloni, thank you for the nice comment. I am glad that adults will be able to use this to their advantage.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 06, 2012:

Kelley, reading is the key to adventure, dream fulfillment, success, etc., etc.. can't say enough about it! Glad to hear that you are encouraging your children to love reading. I know they will be future leaders.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 06, 2012:

Hi Becky, it is such a wonderful thing that you did in helping others to learn to read. I know they are grateful. Thanks for stopping by here and enjoy your evening.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 06, 2012:

Whonu, I owe my love of reading to my father. Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy your evening.

whonunuwho from United States on October 06, 2012:

This was a wonderful story about your father and how he wanted to learn to read badly enough, that he pursued it until he did. Thank you for sharing such a marvelous family heritage, teaches.

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on October 06, 2012:

I hear a lot of middle and high school kids complain about not being able to comprehend what they read. A reason for this may be their attachment to a lot of tech. gadgets. Many now find it boring to read and even comprehend what they read.

My high school son has this problem, and I've encouraged him to read over and make notes on pages (sticky notes) as he's reading. That has greatly improved his reading comprehension. It also helps to NOT read when distracted or hungry.

Great hub. Voted up and useful.

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on October 06, 2012:

I love the story of your father. I hear students every day express how they "hate to read." Yet I bet what they really mean is, "I don't understand the stuff I am supposed to read." Reading comp. is a skill, and you give good tips to help people improve as readers. Great hub! Voted up and sharing.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on October 06, 2012:

Dianna wonderful Hub article about reading comprehension and truly loved the story of your father, because you honestly made this topic come alive with your dad's story. Have voted, shared and tweeted too!!

Fiddleman on October 06, 2012:

Excellent hub.

RTalloni on October 06, 2012:

Well done, as always, and very useful for adults who want to increase their reading comprehension skills, but most of all, this is beautiful!

kelleyward on October 06, 2012:

Hi, Teaches, this is such an important subject. Reading csn really open up a person to new opportunities in life. I try to instill these qualities in my children. Voted up and shared, Kelley

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on October 06, 2012:

Wonderfully entertaining and accurate hub. I have taught a couple of young adults to read. They couldn't even fill out a job application and when I got done with them, they could read books and fill out their own applications. Good job of explaining.

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