Suggest this method to help them use their study time wisely and remember more of what they read:

Preview. Spend a few minutes looking over the reading assignment. Check out the title of the chapter. Look at the subheadings, which will give a clear idea of the main ideas. Glance at diagrams or charts. Then try to answer these questions:

  • What is this assignment mainly about?
  • How is it organized?
  • How difficult is it?
  • About how long will it take me to read it?

Read actively. Students who are active readers tend to remember more of what they read. Divide the assignment into smaller sections—about half a page to start. Ask questions before reading the section.

Recall. Research shows that most readers forget about half of what they read within 15 minutes. Taking steps to review right away can increase the amount your teen remembers. After reading a section, choose one of these methods to recall:

  • Recite aloud the highlights of what was read.
  • Return to the questions developed in the preview stage. Answer them.
  • Underline or make notes in the margins.
  • Make notes on the important content.
  • Discuss it with a friend.

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