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Strategy #3: Examining objective or review questions

User-friendly texts often provide self-checking comprehension tools such as objective questions or review questions throughout a chapter. These questions encourage students to evaluate their focus, purpose, and comprehension while reading. Because the presentation of ideas within a chapter builds on the assumption that previously presented ideas were understood, students can benefit greatly by this periodic comprehension check.

Objective and review questions throughout the chapter serve several functions.

  • They provide a purpose for reading.
  • They help students evaluate and adjust their focus to essential ideas within the reading.
  • They help students self-monitor their comprehension and pause to reread when they cannot answer.

If your textbooks include objective or review questions, it is important to show students how they work early in the semester so that they may make full use of them.