Starting with the Questions

Starting with the Questions

Author: Sydney Bauer
This lesson explains the value of reading the comprehension questions before reading the text.
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Introduction to Psychology

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Every student has his or her own strategy when it comes to answering questions about a reading passage. Some students have a hard time choosing which details to keep track of, or what to pay attention to within a reading passage, and end up trying to remember everything. Those students usually decide to read the questions before they move on to the reading passage.


Students find it helpful to read the questions first because

  • They are able to identify key words and phrases to watch for when reading the passage
  • The questions act as a guide to reading the passage, and help the student focus on the important details and main ideas.