Muscle reading is a system that helps reduce difficulty while reading by increasing ones energy and skill. It includes steps that one uses before reading such as previewing, making outlines and writing questions. Those used while reading such as reading, underlining the main points and answering questions previously wrote. Finally those used after reading which include reciting what one has read and reviewing the text again  and again.

Metacognition synthesis is the process of merging ones individual ideas and key facts into a meaningful whole this is especially useful after reading when one is reciting what one has been reading.

Neural pathways are the ways of getting to the parts of the brain where information has been stored by reviewing what one has read frequently helps to keep them open and distinct.

Primacy- recency effect is whereby it is was identified   by psychologists that one most easily remembers the items at the beginning  and at the end of  any presentation, and therefore by Previewing and reviewing your reading can have this effect on a reader

Saccades are the short bursts that our eyes leap across on a page while we are reading. One might think that he is scanning a line but actually he is only taking a few words where the eyes stop from time to time this can be reduced buy reading by either following your finger or a pencil.

Slang is an informal expressions used mostly by native English speakers mostly in there conversations rather than on there written work.

Reading skills obtained:  Muscle reading, Speed reading, Reading on the laptop, Using the library and Reading e-books

Activity two

1. Pry Out Questions. Standing for previewing, making outlines and creating questions  

Root Up Answers. Standing for reading underlining and answering questions

Recite, Review, and Review again.

2.False. This is because for some reading assignments some steps are not necessary a good example being outline step in case of poetry and fiction can be skipped.

3. When previewing on should look for familiar ideas that one has in mind, facts that one has en countered before  and  concepts that one is familiar with .One should also clarify the aim of reading.

4. When making an outline one should first note the main heading then the sub heading s then you can now rearrange this heading until they are sensible to you

5. There are more ways of marking up texts one is by using an asterisk or an exclamation point in the margin next to a sentence or term. Another is by circling key words in a text  that would later be looked up in the dictionary and also by Writing short meanings of key terms in the margin of the text.

6. False this is because one should underline sparingly usually less than ten percent. At twenty percent one has even underlined facts that are not important.

7. When reading is tough one may reread the same text so as to get more understanding and be able to interpret it better. Another action that can be taken   is by reading aloud. This is where by you get to repeat a passage over and over again each time putting an emphasis on a different sentence it helps in understanding that part much better. As a last option one may approach an instructor or a tutor to assist one in understanding a particular paragraph in the text.

8. There are a number of pictures that one has in mind about ones expectations. Most of them are not fulfilled. in my own experience the college I joined was  not fully equipped with all the games equipment’s that I had hoped for . I expected to find a swimming pool as I am a very good swimmer this at times especially during the hot whether greatly frustrated me but I came to learn how to avoid the afternoon sun so as not to be angry with the school.  

9. The topic point method of summarizing is whereby one picks a chapter from a textbook state the main topic covered in that chapter after which one states the main points made by the author about the topic. a good example, in the book becoming a master student is the article about muscle reading. The main topic is Muscle Reading. The main point of this topic is that Muscle Reading includes three phases that have three steps each which are: phase one preview, outline and question phase two read underline answer and phase three recite, review and review again.

10. In order to increase your reading speed one has to set a time limit, Be able to move ones eyes faster and relax.

Activity three

In order to make muscle reading more useful in college there is a need to remove, add or revise some steps. The steps to be removed are those of reciting for it may interfere with other studying students especially when it is loud. Another step is that of underlining for it might end up destroying books in the college library a final step that has to be removed is that of outlining for it is unnecessary and time wasting. The steps that need revision are the review here it should be done more thoroughly so as not to be repeated countless times as it may waste the students time. Steps that need to be added are those of summary writing whereby one should write a summary to be used for review purposes.

After the study of this chapter I would approach my assignments by applying the muscle reading technique and following all the necessary steps to understand them better. Also the skills of speed reading would be applied. In terms of carrying out research I have learned how best to use the library resources like the internet and the librarians for my research.

The three most important suggestions for reading gained from this chapter are speed reading where one learns to improve reading speed. Another is muscle reading where one learns to improve reading skills and finally the power process of clearing ones mind before reading to make understanding better.

Learning experience

Major points

Supporting points

Key facts

One important reading strategy is  Knowing what you want to know

-One needs to ask oneself the reason for reading the text

-one needs to ask oneself whether the book meets ones needs.

Chapter headings in a book give an overall view of the structure of the main books subject.

When reading one should know how deeply to study the material

-When in need of shallow knowledge, you skim through the material.

-when in need of moderate knowledge you scan the text

-when you need detailed knowledge study the text

 SQ3R is a good technique for getting a deep understanding of a text.

active reading techniques help  to pick out key points and keep your mind focused on the material you are reading

-When  reading a document in detail, it often helps if you highlight, underline and annotate it as you go on

detailed reading  emphasizes information in your mind, and helps you to review important points later

Indexes, tables of contents, and glossaries can help to assimilate technical information.

The best way of getting information from magazines is to scan the contents tables or indexes and turn directly to interesting articles.

Newspapers tend to be arranged in sections

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