– Ask: questions turn a student into an active reader that is stimulated to learn. A. Tort states that: “Questions are a clear sign that the soul is awake and moving, ready to immerse into the text.” You shouldn’t start reading a text until you have filled your brain with plenty of questions that you need to find the answer to. You will obtain those answers easily after the initial examination of the topic of study, as well as from your classmates, teacher or course book; you must also take advantage of the list of questions provided in the book.
– Read: I suggest that you continue to use the three stages of reading presented above: pre-reading, complete reading and critical reading.
— Pre-reading. This will give you a general view on the text in no time. It helps you observe the structure of the text, thus easing the task of identifying the main ideas.
— Complete. Although made at relatively high speed, this reading stage offers a detailed view of all essential aspects.
— Critical. This is a slow and active reading phase. It allows you to identify and pin down the main ideas, and highlight them for use in later summaries and schemas. They help you interpret the meaning of the text and the purpose of the author, and also to formulate your own opinion in regard to his ideas and make the difference between what is truly important and meaningful, in contrast with uninteresting details or absurd ideas.