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Acing Your Reading Exams: Why Tips and Hacks Won't Help and What to Do Instead 閱讀理解:是時候停止尋找捷徑

One of the biggest mistakes I see students make in their exam preparation journey is that they prioritize "tips" and "hacks" over improving their overall English level.


While seeking "shortcuts" and "hacks" may get you 1-2 more correct answers or help you save a couple of minutes, it's essential to recognize that true success lies in improving your overall English proficiency.


很多學生在考試準備過程中犯的最大錯誤之一是他們將“捷徑”和“竅門”放在首位,而不是提高整體英語水平。


雖然尋求這些“捷徑”和“技巧”可能會讓您多獲得 1-2 個正確答案或幫助您節省幾分鐘時間,對整體成績影響有限。



Stop Googling "Hacks" 是時候停止尋找捷徑

In the quest for quick results, it's tempting to rely on hacks, tips, and tricks that promise to boost your reading scores overnight.


However, these shortcuts often provide only temporary relief and fail to address the core issue: building a strong foundation in English.


Mastering a language requires consistent effort and a deep understanding of the ins and outs of the language.


So, instead of searching for shortcuts, focus on cultivating your language skills holistically.


在尋求快速結果的過程中,很容易依賴有望在一夜之間提高閱讀分數的技巧、提示和技巧。

然而,這些捷徑往往只能提供暫時的緩解,並不能解決核心問題:打好英語基礎。

掌握一門語言需要堅持不懈的努力和對語言來龍去脈的深刻理解。



Vocabulary 詞彙

Building vocabulary is especially important and is crucial regardless of which exam you are preparing for and what question types you are tackling, because words are the building blocks of a passage.


Of course, in the ideal world, you can build your vocabulary through extensive reading. The sad truth is...most of us don't have the luxury of time...


So if you are pressed for time, hone in on your ability to infer the meaning of words from contextual clues.


Also, practise "Active Reading" and take notes. Engage actively with the text by highlighting key points, looking up unfamiliar words/phrases, summarizing paragraphs, and checking your own understanding. Keep a vocabulary log. Regularly review your notes. This practice aids in long-term retention and reinforces your understanding.


積累詞彙量尤其重要,而且無論您正在準備哪種考試以及您要解決的問題類型如何,都是至關重要的,因為單詞是文章的基石。

當然,在理想世界中,您可以通過廣泛閱讀來積累詞彙量。 可悲的事實是......我們大多數人都沒有時間奢侈......

因此,如果您時間緊迫,請磨練您從上下文線索推斷單詞含義的能力。

另外,練習“主動閱讀”並做筆記。 通過突出重點、查找不熟悉的單詞/短語、總結段落和檢查自己的理解來積極參與文本。 保留詞彙筆記。 定期復習你的筆記。 這種做法有助於長期保留並加強您的理解。



Reading Materials 廣泛閱讀

Exposing yourself to different reading materials helps you understand the structure of different text types, as well as different writing styles and vocabulary.



Incorporating a wide variety of reading materials, such as news articles, opinion pieces, and academic journals, into your reading practice exposes you to how the language is used in real-world contexts, enhancing both comprehension and cultural understanding.


讓自己接觸不同的閱讀材料可以幫助您理解不同文本類型的結構,以及不同的寫作風格和詞彙。

將各種閱讀材料(如新聞文章、評論文章和學術期刊)融入您的閱讀練習中,可以讓您了解語言在現實世界中的使用方式,從而增強理解力和文化理解力。



Skimming and Scanning 速度

While skimming and scanning can be valuable reading techniques, relying solely on them might lead to missing important details.

Strike a balance between speed-reading techniques and careful comprehension. Always check your answers at the end.


雖然略讀和掃描可能是有價值的閱讀技巧,但僅依賴它們可能會導致遺漏重要細節。

在速讀技巧和仔細理解之間取得平衡。 考試時要預留時間檢查答案。



Understanding Inference and Context 上文下理

Texts often contain implicit information, requiring you to infer meaning from the context. Improving your inference skills involves analyzing the writer's purpose, tone, and underlying message, enabling you to grasp the overall meaning more accurately.


文本通常包含隱含信息,需要您從上下文中推斷出含義。 提高您的推理能力包括分析作者的目的、語氣和潛在信息,使您能夠更準確地掌握整體含義。



If it doesn't get scheduled, it doesn't get done 不預留時間就永遠不會完成

This is certainly true for me, especially if it's something I'm not particularly passionate about.

Schedule 10 minutes each day to read.

Remember, if you genuinely want to ace your reading exams, shortcuts or hacks won't get you there. Invest your time in regular reading, active engagement with texts, and expanding your vocabulary.


每天安排 10 分鐘閱讀。

請記住,如果您真的想在閱讀考試中取得好成績,捷徑或技巧不會讓您達到目的。 將時間花在定期閱讀、積極閱讀文本和擴大詞彙量上。




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