Many readers approach reading like a certain breed of TV watcher—they melt into the couch, passive observers that blend silently into the upholstery. But another sort jump out of their seat, yell curses or pump high fives at the screen. These kinds of TV watchers are ACTIVE. They react to and interact with what they are watching.


You will need to be this kind of active reader who “converses” with what you are reading. Whereas other reading you do may be for pleasure or general information, to actively read you must read for understanding and recall. Just as writing is a process, and you cannot expect a perfect draft the first time you write, so too is reading a process that takes time and effort—much of it through re-reading. The strategies below of pre-reading, reading, and processing will help you read more closely, critically, and interactively.