21 tips to get more marks in Reading comprehension passage.
Solving Reading Comprehension has become an inevitable part of almost every competitive examination. Students are habituated to solve simple and direct passages in their school days, but when it comes to competitive exams, the task becomes difficult.
Unable to understand the vocabulary (meaning of words) and concept of the passage, students become dull and uninterested in this section.
I may give you some tips and strategies to achieve success in the examination, but the ultimate solution lies not in shortcut solutions, but long term preparation.
you need to have the courage to prepare and adhere to that plan.
So, here are some tips and techniques to follow, to get more marks in Reading Comprehension.
- A complaint which I hear often is that, the students are unable to understand the given reading comprehension. If you belong to this category, then remember that
- You don’t need to understand each and every word of the comprehension
- At the same time you need to find the gist (summary) of it.
- Both these points may appear contradictory to you
But the crucial thing is, you need to eliminate the words, phrases, sentences, that are not useful and need to focus on keywords.
- Find your strengths first.
The conservative approach in solving a reading comprehension is to read the passage first, and then go to the questions and solve them.
Some students do not feel comfortable with this method. Probably they do not know which keywords to remember while reading the comprehension. Or, they may have to read the comprehension again, after reading the questions.
This lead to the problem of Time Management.
you can chose the “bottom up” approach. That means, read the questions first, so that you have an idea what to look for, in the comprehension.
But ultimately you are the better judge of which approach is the best. So, practice several reading comprehensions in two different approaches and find out which method suits you.
- Time Management:
Have you ever heard the complaint “I know all the answers, but I didn’t have enough time to solve”
Competitive examinations not only test your knowledge and skills but your Time Management also.
All the three aspects are important, Especially when there are Negative Marks for wrong answers.
- Skill (writing, reading)
- Time Management
Divide the stipulated time of the examination, allott certain time to each section, based on your strengths and weaknesses. Practice numerous reading comprehension exercises with the help of a timer . After solving some, you definitely have an idea, about Time Management.
- Practice a lot:
Normally, students who believe themselves weak in Reading Comprehension, are unwilling to practice. Most of them try to avoid solving at home. They make lot of excuses.
But remember excuses don’t bring you success.
no one asks you
“why didn’t you succeed in life?”
They only ask you “Did you succeed or not?”