Instructor's Guide


Quizzes, Reflective Questions and Activities

Following are the assignments embedded in the Active Reading tutorial:


Relationship to Other iStudy Tutorials

This tutorial is related to other istudy tutorials on personal effectiveness, including note taking, time management, stress management, conflict management, and brainstorming. Therefore, it is recommended that instructors introduce this tutorial to students in conjunction with other personal effectiveness tutorials.


Suggested In-class Methods of Presentation


Note : This is an excellent opportunity to utilize and reinforce the cooperative learning techniques found in the iStudy Cooperative Learning tutorial.


Key Points

Instructors may wish to provide an introduction and overview of active reading, starting with the following information:

When you are reading to collect data and retain information in memory, critical thinking skills need to be applied in a systematic way. This differs from reading something which may be strictly for entertainment in an passive mode where the story unfolds like a movie in your mind. However, as you begin to apply active reading skills to entertainment reading, you may find the mind movie becoming more enriched.

Any time you seek information through active reading, you are applying critical thinking skills to collect data and processing the information for retention. In essence, the process used in active reading is similar to conducting an interview. The difference is that you will be conducting the interview with yourself as you interact with the printed materials.

Properly applied active reading skills will enable you to be better able to recall and apply information you read.


Ask the students to answer the following questions for themselves about a recently-read class article:


Conclude a lesson by stating:


Assessment Criteria

Through observing both the group's and the individual's activity, the instructor may assess student performance.


Assessment Criteria





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The student can define active reading with its importance.




The student can engage in active reading skills by use of previewing, contextualization, brainstorming, prediction, and reviewing of text.


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The student can reflect on his/her own active reading skills and self-assess his/her current use of active reading skills by identifying his/her weaknesses as well as by making plans to eliminate those weaknesses.






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