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Academic Achievement Center: Study Skills Certificate Course Unit 2: Reading Skills
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The Reading Cycle: Becoming an Active Reader Students often make the mistake of thinking that reading is a mechanical act. In fact, it’s a process of making meaning.
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Examine the Following Paragraph I cluod not blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch sudty at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas thgouht slpeling was ipmorantt. Can you read it clearly? Did you understand the meaning?
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So, What’s the Deal? Your mind follows a set of rules when creating order out of the chaos of the paragraph. The mind only needs to see the first and last letters to make sense of the whole. In a similar way, we can take this idea of process and apply it to reading in general. Is there a process that will help someone to understand the bigger issues of meaning? Answer: Yes there is, we will learn the Plan-Do- Review method to improve your reading skills.
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PLAN: Pre-Reading Strategies Establish a good physical environment. Relax and set a positive attitude. Review instructions. Review lecture notes. Set your purpose. Preview the assignment. Organize your thoughts. Determine what you want to know when you finish reading.
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Plan: Prime your brain. Establish a good environment . Place yourself in surroundings that help your ability to concentrate and encourage good posture, and a ready-to-work attitude.
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2010 for the course STUDY SKIL ACC taught by Professor Simeonfields during the Spring '10 term at American University of Sharjah.

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