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
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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
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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
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
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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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.
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
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
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?
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.
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).
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...
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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