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Approaches to Reading 2: Clarifying your Confusion You may still have some confusion about an essay even if you've followed all the reading tips from the first handout. That's perfectly normal when encountering a complicated piece of writing. But that doesn't mean you should walk into class, throw your hands up in despair, and declare "I just don't understand this." Granted, there are parts you may not understand, but that's not the same thing as not understanding any of it at all. In order to resolve that confusion, first you have to clarify it: Jot some notes or write a quick paragraph about what you do understand . This is an important starting point. You can make your paragraph as general as you would like. You could just write, "I know this is an essay about work" or "I know this is an essay about culture" or something like that. Even doing that much gives you a basis from which you can work. Identify what you don't understand . Either list the concepts and ideas that are confusing you, or simply be sure to find the exact passages that lose you. It's fine if that passage is in fact the
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