Active vs. Passive Reading

Have you ever read a page from a textbook and at the end of the page realized you have no idea what you just read?

Successful readers develop active reading habits that improve their reading comprehension, speed, and enjoyment. Active reading involves deeper engagement with the text before, during, and after reading. The Reading Lab promotes active reading by modeling strategies and techniques to support it.

A good way to understand active reading is by comparing it to what it is not, what’s sometimes called passive reading.

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