To improve reading comprehension it is important to build up information before you start, like creating a mental picture. This will help you put the information into context. It will not only help you to have a clearer understanding of the text, but it will also mean you retain more relevant information.
Let's say for example you have to read a book for school, university or work. You can start to consider the material before you’ve even looked at the first page.
Obviously you can also do this with any sub-titles. Again just ask yourself questions.
These may seem like obvious questions that don’t need to be asked. However the process of asking yourself questions will really make you think about the book. By doing this you are processing the information and creating a foundation for reading comprehension.
Read the contents page:
Logically following on from what we have just talked about the next step is to take the time to read the contents page, and, yes you’ve guessed it, ask yourself questions.
By doing this your brain will have a broad understanding of the book before you start. This means you will be building on the information you already have. Rather than jumping into the book cold and having to build up this general information as you go. This will, of course, greatly improve your reading comprehension.
Reading comprehension depends on how well written information is taken in and processed. You can improve reading comprehension by investing a little thought and consideration before you start. The best way to get yourself thinking is to ask yourself questions. This gets your brain working.