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Words that Continue the Idea

Similarly

Moreover

Additionally

In the same way

Likewise

Conclusion Words

Thus

Therefore

Hence

So

In summary

In conclusion

Contradiction or Contrast Words

Neverthless

Nonetheless

However

But

Although

Though

Even though

Notwithstanding

Yet

Despite

In spite of

On the one hand…on the other hand

While

Unlike

Do not concentrate on individual words

 

As we have seen, we should not concentrate on individual words as we read. Our eye span should be larger, so as to take chunks of text. Difficult words should not be seen as speed-breakers. Instead, get the meaning by using the context.

Instead of reading word-by-word, start taking the whole paragraph into your vision. Underline the keywords or scribble the central idea in the margin. By doing so, you will see how the author has arranged his ideas. This technique is very useful while answering questions: simply go the particular paragraph that talks of that idea and answer the question.

Key sentences usually are: The first sentence of every paragraph or the last sentence of the last paragraph. The first sentence of the first para is sometimes the outline the theme of the passage. The first sentences of other paras will probably tell you what those paras are about. The last sentence of the last para will hint about what the conclusion of the author is. You can modify this to suit circumstances. If a key sentence is short, try the next sentence. If it is too long, just read the first half.

One thing that works for a lot of people is to read only once, (the passage should not be skimmed and re-read,) but that it be very slowly and carefully read. Count on answering the questions based upon this one reading. Repeated re-reading, hunting for the obvious answers — which simply are not there — is what wastes time.





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