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READING COMPREHENSION in Exams, Tests - Strategies, Tips and Tricks - Building Reading Skills

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In this lesson, you will learn strategies for READING COMPREHENSION exercises in exams and tests. Also see - MOST COMMON MISTAKES IN ENGLISH & HOW TO AVOID THEM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dax90QyXgI&list=PLmwr9polMHwsR35rD9spEhjFUFa7QblF9 ★★★ Also check out ★★★ ➜ PRESENT SIMPLE TENSE Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWr1HXqRKC0&index=1&list=PLmwr9polMHwsRNZW607CtVZhg_SzsbiJw ➜ ALL TENSES Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwsRNZW607CtVZhg_SzsbiJw ➜ PARTS OF SPEECH Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwsQmAjoAxtFvwk_PaqQeS68 ➜ ALL GRAMMAR LESSONS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwsR35rD9spEhjFUFa7QblF9 ➜ VERBS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LciKb0uuFEc&index=2&list=PLmwr9polMHwsQmAjoAxtFvwk_PaqQeS68 ➜ NOUNS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sBYpxaDOPo&index=3&list=PLmwr9polMHwsQmAjoAxtFvwk_PaqQeS68 ➜ PRONOUNS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCrAJB4VohA&index=4&list=PLmwr9polMHwsQmAjoAxtFvwk_PaqQeS68 ➜ ADJECTIVES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnmeV6RYcf0&index=5&list=PLmwr9polMHwsQmAjoAxtFvwk_PaqQeS68 ➜ ADVERBS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKL26Gji4UY&index=6&list=PLmwr9polMHwsQmAjoAxtFvwk_PaqQeS68 Transcript: Hello and welcome back. This lesson comes from a request by Aditya from Maharashtra, India. Aditya says he is preparing for a competitive exam and he has to do reading comprehension exercises as part of the exam, and he wants to know the best way to do these. Before we start, if you want to request a lesson, just leave a comment. In your comment, tell me your name, and I will mention you in the video. OK, in this lesson I will give you some important tips and strategies for reading comprehension exercises. I will give you a reading plan that you can follow, and there are exercises in this lesson for you to practice. Alright, now my teaching experience is mostly with exams like the IELTS and TOEFL, but the tips that I give you in this lesson will help you in any exam situation. So the first thing is: when it comes to reading in an exam, budget your time. That means: you should know how many reading passages there are in the exam, how many exercises there are and how much time you have. In the IELTS exam, for example, there are three reading passages and you have one hour to do all of them. So then divide your time amongst those passages – for IELTS, you might spend roughly 20 minutes per passage. In some exams, one passage might be shorter or easier, and another passage might be longer or more difficult. In that case, obviously, you should plan to spend less time on the short passage, and more time on the long passage. And you should time yourself – if you are allowed to wear a watch in your exam, look at your watch and keep track of the time. If you plan for 20 minutes per passage, stick to that plan. Now, if you’re not allowed to wear a watch, then use the clock in the room or hall, or ask the invigilators how much time you have left. Alright, that’s the first thing: budgeting your time. So now the exam starts – and you have the first reading passage in front of you – what do you do? Well, I’ll tell you what you should NOT do – don’t start at the beginning and read slowly to the finish. Many students do this – and the problem is that when you get to the end, you will have forgotten a lot of the details in the middle, and when you read the questions, you have to go back and read the passage again to find the answers. Instead, here’s the plan that you should follow: your first step in reading should be to skim the passage. What does that mean? Well, skimming is actually something that we do with milk. It’s when you heat or boil milk, and the fat rises to the top in the form of cream. Removing that layer of fat is called skimming. When it comes to reading, skimming means to read the surface of the text quickly to understand the overall message. So if there’s a heading or title to the passage, and if there are subheadings, read all of these first. They will tell you the subject of the text. Then read the first sentence of each paragraph – they will give you a good idea of the overall message. Let’s practice this. You see two paragraphs on the screen, but only the first sentence in each paragraph is visible. Stop the video, read the sentences and try to understand the main topic in each paragraph. Alright, so what do you think the topic of the whole passage might be? It could be the negative effects of social media on children. What about the first paragraph? What is it about? Well it says that using social media can affect a child’s writing skills. And the second paragraph? It says that some people don’t agree with this – that is, the first paragraph – for two reasons: scientific reasons and practical reasons (pragmatic).
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Learn English Lab (1 year ago)
Hey there, I hope you enjoyed this lesson. Let me know if you have any questions. Also check out: ➜ 1 Simple Trick to *Become FLUENT* in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0qT4cK-wtk&list=PLmwr9polMHwsI6vWZkm3W_VE7cWtYVjix ➜ *50* Words You are *Pronouncing WRONG:* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdtUjWb0O9w&list=PLmwr9polMHwtOrZVwGuiN8xLup5elPE6f ➜ *Most Common MISTAKES* in English & How to Avoid Them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dax90QyXgI&list=PLmwr9polMHwsR35rD9spEhjFUFa7QblF9 ➜ *POWER Writing* - Write ANYTHING in English Easily (Essays, Emails, Letters Etc.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT_D68RJ5T8&list=PLmwr9polMHwtPulG3q4SrSNIZzlJl2gXf ➜ *100 English Sentences* You Can Use in Conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dRuy1VLCiQ&list=PLmwr9polMHwsI6vWZkm3W_VE7cWtYVjix ➜ Learn *TELEPHONE English* - 100 Sentences You Can Use on the Phone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkppeSjRj0E&list=PLmwr9polMHwsI6vWZkm3W_VE7cWtYVjix ➜ Speak English FLUENTLY like a *NATIVE SPEAKER* with *just 10 words:* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KU2eobDMqs&list=PLmwr9polMHwsI6vWZkm3W_VE7cWtYVjix ➜ All *GRAMMAR* lessons: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwsR35rD9spEhjFUFa7QblF9 ➜ All *MODAL VERBS* Lessons (Could, Would, Should, May, Might, Must etc.): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwvGTssgSU9KWEm2T4WiWaTj ➜ All *PARTS OF SPEECH* lessons: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwsQmAjoAxtFvwk_PaqQeS68 ➜ All *ARTICLES* (a, an, the) lessons: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwsbkqz6kU5e6MgpvaYrpKfX ➜ All *PRONUNCIATION* lessons: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwtOrZVwGuiN8xLup5elPE6f ➜ All *TENSES* lessons: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmwr9polMHwsRNZW607CtVZhg_SzsbiJw
Panagiotis Liakouras (22 days ago)
This was a great video. I tried your instructions on a passage but some questions were tricky like, " What is the general tone of this article?", "Which of the following cannot be inferred?" or " Which of the following is an opinion?". Could you make a video that can help us with this style of questions? Thank you for your videos.
Finland Asia (28 days ago)
Learn English Lab I like to study with you the comprehension and writting thesis..what is MOT
Manjunath h.l (1 month ago)
Ayesha Kanwar. (2 months ago)
Sir please make video on precis writing and preposition for high school students
Fadila akli (3 months ago)
Please answer m'y comment
Shamsher Singh Rana (2 days ago)
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Sami Khattak (2 days ago)
I'm from Pakistan
Sami Khattak (2 days ago)
Please make video about reading skills
RAMESH KADAKOL (3 days ago)
Sunny's Musical keys (4 days ago)
hello sir .can u make a video on how to solve English paper in the given time. regards. purshottam
touret mika (4 days ago)
you saved my life.
omri meir (6 days ago)
hello my name is Desmond please help me how to find the topic sentence in a essay
sidra gill (6 days ago)
Sir I am hina from Pakistan I want to learn the logic of grammer
Mary Prashanthi (7 days ago)
Thank you soo much sir... It's very useful I am preparing for M.A English entrance exam can you please suggest me with some tips how and what to prepare....
Harjot Kaur (8 days ago)
Great and very helpful information
Tamba NYC. (8 days ago)
Hi my name is Tamba Nyuma from sierra Leone and am preparing for my examination and I want to know the best way to answer summary passage,and how long should your answer be.thank you
Gary Besaw (9 days ago)
Thank you for posting this video. I think this will help me out on my Kaplan nursing entrance exam. This exam is comprised of four different topics. Reading comprehension, vocabulary, math and science. It's definitely critical to budget your time wisely. Hopefully with your method I will ace the reading comprehension part. Thanks again. Gary
Learn English Lab (9 days ago)
I'm glad to hear that. Good luck in your exam, Gary.
Magella Ogbonna (9 days ago)
Cabdi Cabdi2 (12 days ago)
Yeah sir my name is ABDISHAKUR HUSSAIN MOHAMED I request you to give some advices and I'm one of your students live in Bangladhesh. I want to prepare IELTS so what is the best way can I prepare this IELTS To get very good points and to improve my English? Sir please give me some good advices Thank you so much to help a lot Thank you
Mohd Yousuf (12 days ago)
Yousuf is my name and I want to improve my communication skills
Akash paul (12 days ago)
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Maryam Abdullah (13 days ago)
I have this thing in which I don't have an explanation for. I have been an avid reader for many years. I read so many books, it's like an addiction but when it comes to reading comprehension in exams I just come to a halt and lose myself along the way. I don't understand why or how. Even my friends don't get how I read so much and end up with a bad score on Unit Tests and exams. Does anyone have a solution?
Learn English Lab (12 days ago)
Your English is very good, clearly the result of your extensive reading. In an exam situation, skim the text to get the general idea of what it is about. Then read the questions and make sure you know what you're looking for. Then quickly go over the text and find the answers that you need. This method should work for you.
RN KNOWLEDGE (14 days ago)
sir make me understand how to identification of comman errors
Kavipriya Karthik (14 days ago)
Very useful tips. Thank you.
Faizan (17 days ago)
I started to watch your videos and I am learning a lot.. thank you Sir.
pavan kuricheti (18 days ago)
hello sir,we prepared for campus drives.how to completed comprehension just 5 mints
Shakil Akhter (20 days ago)
Good morning sir I'm faiyaz Can u make me understand the syllabus of 9th class English Grammar
laxman kumar (23 days ago)
Thank u somuch sir
Marwa Khan (23 days ago)
Iqra I have need speak English
Roberta Gallant (24 days ago)
I have a reading comprehension problem. I would like to improve my reading comprehension skills. I also encounter trouble creating outlining.
Engr Asad (25 days ago)
Sir kindly tell us the most important synonyms and antonyms regarding competition exam... And how to memorize them
Finland Asia (28 days ago)
I like you Sir
Namrata Dhol (29 days ago)
What to do if we are given a story??
manda saketh (30 days ago)
plz make video on error detection.it will help us a lot.plz sir
Anwar Alhasani (1 month ago)
Can you make videos especially for IELTS
Anwar Alhasani (1 month ago)
Where were you all my life!! You brilliant 🤓🤓
Kash Islam (1 month ago)
helo sir, kishor islam here . sir plz make a video on direct/indirect speech.
Usama Malik (1 month ago)
Sir please make a video on countable and unvountable nouns and how we can make uncountable to countable ...... What are the basic techniques to distinguish countable and uncountable
Usama Malik (1 month ago)
Iam from punjab pakistan
Komba Kangbai (1 month ago)
My name is Komba Kangbai from Sierra Leone. Please Sir, I want you to help me in teaching me how to write an article, Story writing, and Argumentative essay. I am preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Shaik Mohammed Omar (1 month ago)
My name is shaik Mohammed zaid
Zain Imtiaz (1 month ago)
Hi sir I am from Pakistan and I request you to please go in a lesson of active and passive
SRTDIABLO SNKRS210 (1 month ago)
im only in 5th grade
vivek patil (1 month ago)
Sir my name vivek how b.com. answer shett is evaluating tell in hindi
Arifa Tajudheen (1 month ago)
Thk yu sir
Radha Krishnan (1 month ago)
can you give tips for error correction
Paul Varghese (1 month ago)
I am Joanna from Mumbai ,sir pls make a video on summary writing which seems too difficult for me.
Quid-e- Azam (1 month ago)
You are doing good job. May you stay happy and blessed.
Sony Naik (1 month ago)
Sir.. After 1 week I have to give an entrance exam... I want to focus mostly in English subject... I really feeling nervous.. Sir whatever tips you have gave in this video... If I will used it perfectly in one week... Sir it will gonna work right? I am really nervous about that exam... Sir do you think in week if I follow this steps I can improve my writing skill... You know I want to make my English speaking like you.. I regularly watch your video.. Thank you sir making amazing videos...
Faty Katy (1 month ago)
you are amazing
C++ Learn (1 month ago)
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C++ Learn (1 month ago)
Sir,please make Video on Reading skills/technics. 4 type of Reading skills/technics.
Blythe Brown (1 month ago)
Dear Sir, Many thanks for this video. Although I do have a question. The statement was that scientific studies had FAILED to show a relationship (...). In the text, it is said that few, which is not zero, studies have proven it. Why is this statement then correct?
Hassan Happy (1 month ago)
I am Hassan from Kenya I have the same problem of understanding the comprehension and giving relevant answers
geetha naliganti (1 month ago)
Hi sir, can you please make a video on "extended response over 2 arguments"? Thank you.
Penda Baldeh (1 month ago)
I am Penda mentioned my name again I am in grade 12 I really enjoys ur video and I benefit it thanks for uploading
Abdullah Khan (1 month ago)
My name is Abdullah and i am from pakistan . Sir would you please give some tips for analogies question . i will be very thankful to you.
Ankita Pawar (1 month ago)
U r doing a great job sir thank you so mch ur all videos are beneficial could u please make video on errors i m preparing for competitive exams nd facing problems in errors
Kalpana Ramachandran (1 month ago)
Hello sir, I am Kalpana from chennai. Could you please help with the topic "Determiners"
Nasima Shansab (1 month ago)
Thanks a lot for the information. It was really helpful
Fighter Man (1 month ago)
Thanks again
TIYAMIKE JAMES (1 month ago)
i am prince well James, very great full with your lessons as they improve my capacity in English by the way may you help me on the issue of ellipsis and pro-forms
assh myyta (1 month ago)
Good morning sir, I found the video very helpful. The strategies listed are powerful enough. Many thanks! I'd like to request you to do a video regarding writing. Which comprises of tips and tricks to crack IELTS. I have my test in January. It would be really helpful for me and others too. You are very clear in your points. I follow your videos. I'm Ashmitha. I live in Telangana, India.
Shaquana Alexander (1 month ago)
My name is shaquana Alexander I would like to know how to pass a linguistics text
Akriti Gupta (1 month ago)
Thanks sir, can u make video on how to tackle with close test in the competitive exams??
sumaiya Hassan (1 month ago)
I'm sumaiya and in the coming may/June I'll be giving ESL igcse and I'm always lacking behind I can't manage time and I get panicked in the exam hall when I see the time is decreasing this leads me to become more slower and more tensed , plz sir tell me how can I overcome my problem.
Nikita Pavlov (1 month ago)
2:22 I found myself when you said how we should NOT do.
Fluffy_Creature (1 month ago)
Thank you!
syed ahmed (1 month ago)
Dear Ganesh, thank you very much for the lesson. My name is Syed, can you please make a video on how to identify missing words in the fill in the blanks? Much appreciated.
Abdimajid Aden (1 month ago)
Totally beneficial
UNSTOPABLE GG (1 month ago)
can you pleaase make one about writing pls sir.
Danyal vitko (1 month ago)
thank you you've helped me alot in my exam
Aslam Khan (1 month ago)
Sir #Articles ky koi link hay??
Tahira Arshad Arshad (1 month ago)
And my name is shahzaib and live in Bahrain
Tahira Arshad Arshad (1 month ago)
Sir please mention my name in the next video
Beant Kaur (1 month ago)
I know that your and Indian because I am to
Rn Sagar Sagar (1 month ago)
sir you should give reading compreehension class on regular basis because to understan the english is a major problem for student and it is most major problem for students of bihar uttarpradesh ,jharkahnd , west bengal and such states
Shyli Sharma (1 month ago)
This is Shyli Sharma, from Hyderabad. This video is really very helpful but, the exam that I'm preparing for is SAT. It doesn't include different exercises but only multiple choice questions. There are 5 passages, which contain 50-80 lines with approximately 6 letters in each line. There are 52 questions on the whole which are to be answered in 65 minutes. There are some tricks which I could possibly apply to my SAT comprehensions, but I would appreciate if you would like to suggest another strategy in order to tackle the SAT reading section. Thank you.
Samina Bashir (1 month ago)
Hi sir I love they way you explain can you put few videos on rhetorical devices for GCSE
Antony Feng (1 month ago)
Thanks, very useful, appreciated
Akash Garg (1 month ago)
Hi sir My name is akash garg Can you please make a video on both ielts writing task like how to write report and essay
Sankar Narayanan (2 months ago)
How to write exam with studied comprehension?
gizelle dajou (2 months ago)
Oh also, can you please do a video on how to write a good essay🙏
gizelle dajou (2 months ago)
Hi! Thank you soooo much for your guidance, it helped to pass my social studies using your tips!!!! Stay blessed!
Vikash Jakhar (2 months ago)
Sir pl post some videos regarding SSB
Farzana Nadeem (2 months ago)
my name isAziz can you help me in comprehension passage
SEELAM BHOOMIKA (2 months ago)
My name is bhumika... I need to speak English fluently.. And correctly.. Wat should i do??
DUGGINENI GURAPPA (2 months ago)
Excellent teacher sir
Tanay Srivastava (2 months ago)
make a video on preposition
Tanay Srivastava (2 months ago)
you are the best
Haris Khan (2 months ago)
Sir I request u to make video about writing letter for high level (BSCS)
Bassil Assef (2 months ago)
I am struggling with this and feel sleepy sometimes I don't understand what I just read. My name is Bassil please help
Amanda Supriadi (2 months ago)
Thank you for creating these videos. I find your teaching style very clear, concise, and bring light to previously confusing topics in a simple way. Please keep making more videos!
Cecelia KEMP (2 months ago)
It would be very interesting to have a video on Oral Presentations using powerpoint etc.... Students are both apprehensive about public speaking plus they tend to misuse powerpoints using them as a crutch (which they often read! aagh!) rather than a visual display of the key points!... I'm sure you could create a good and clear training video for them.... BTW. would it be possible to use British English spelling because it is frustrating to hear an English accent but with US spelling - color for example, it drives me nuts!!! However, I think your videos are excellent and I recommend them to all my students!
international designer (2 months ago)
sir I am Maaz Khan from Pakistan sir please make a video on analysis and its types
bmw g (2 months ago)
Kindly upload a video for error spotting , especially for banking aspirant sir. By ramya from tamilnadu
mashad mir (2 months ago)
Hi..sir, This is mir mashad .my IELTS is very nearer , or i have grate problem in reading section , can you please provide me the reading section vedio as soon as possible..which help me better.
Syed Ahmed Adeel (2 months ago)
Richa Pariyar (2 months ago)
i got 16 out of 40 I didn't satisfy wid my marks ..what should I??
Blowdy Boys (2 months ago)
Hey, an impressive and learning videos, Can you help out in writing top-notch essay techniques to score well in competitive exams? Hussain Chaudhry from Pakistan
Aharnika Naidu (2 months ago)
Sir plz make a video on active and passive voice
Vinod Raj (2 months ago)
Sir my name is Vinod I am from Bangalore Karnataka your teaching is excellent and I am preparing for compatitive exams like SSC ,IBPS and RRB exams I requested to upload sentence completion videos

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