When you pick up a book to do some light reading, an assignment, or some quick pleasure reading, how much do you actually comprehend? Do you zoom through the book hoping for it to be over as soon as possible? Do you relish every word? Are you somewhere in between?
Chances are good you’ve read a book that you didn’t quite understand. Or even care about understanding.
That’s why this handy printable is worth trying out. It asks 10 questions that you should consider before, during, and after reading. That may seem like a lot but they’re all hypothetical and rhetorical so don’t stress about it.
How These Questions Help
So why should you care about this handy printable? Because these questions are incredibly useful – and simple – tools to let you better comprehend even the driest of books. They should hopefully help you grasp what an author is trying to say, what you should take away from the book, and how to interpret what’s happening.
There are obviously a lot more questions you should ask yourself while reading but hopefully this simple printable acts as a springboard to enhanced learning.
10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself While Reading
Below is a handy visual we made up but this article (see below) has a bit more detail to hopefully help you out. Feel free to add other questions down in the comments or mention @DailyGenius on Twitter with your favorite reading questions. Got other tips? Add them on the Daily Genius Facebook page!
- What question(s) would you ask the author if you had the chance?
- Where else could you learn more about the topic of your reading?
- What’s the goal of the author? What do you think his or her motives are for writing?
- What are the least – and most – important parts of what you’re reading? What are the main ideas?
- Who is the main character? Who are the supporting characters?
- What are the motives of the character? Are they described in the reading or just inferred?
- If you could rewrite this reading, what would your version be like?
- What does this reading remind you of? Any particular feeling, thought, or event?
- Are there other readings that offer a different perspective or opinion?
- What part of the reading did you not like? What was your favorite part?