Overview: Active Writing, Reading, and Learning

Some might think of good readers as those for whom reading seems to come easily—the students who always make good grades in English and high scores on standardized reading tests.  What is interesting, though, is even the best writers struggle when reading texts-the difference is good readers know how to struggle successfully.

They are active writers, readers, and learners. They think critically, apply various strategies before, during, and after writing and reading, recognize when they don’t understand, and know strategies for staying on track to academic success.

In addition, just as practice in sports, for example, improves an athlete’s performance, so does practice in writing, reading, and learning.  In essence, the key to being a good writer, readers, and learner is to practice good writing, reading, and learning strategies.

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the writing process proficient writers use for composition.
  2. Describe the reading process used by proficient readers to comprehend text.
  3. Distinguish individual learning styles and interpret learning strategies for success.