Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension


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What is the definition of 'gist'?

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1. A student finds herself constantly trying to figure out what the author meant when she reads sections of her textbook. Which of the following is NOT a way to improve her reading for the gist of the section?

2. Which is a way to challenge yourself in finding the gist?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Reading comprehension can be a challenge to many people. The good news is that there are a number of strategies that can be used in order to improve skills. This quiz and worksheet will examine your understanding of gist, as well as several steps that can be used to improve your ability to grasp the gist of a reading selection.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet combination can help you review:

  • The definition of gist
  • Various steps in discovering the gist
  • The different steps that can be used to raise reading comprehension
  • How acquiring the gist steers you through the course of reading

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about gist in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the stages of locating the gist and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the importance of getting the gist

Additional Learning

Would you like to learn about the ways in which you can enhance your reading comprehension skills? View this short and comprehensive lesson on Improving Reading Comprehension to learn more. This lesson will help you study:

  • The meaning of gist and how it helps with reading efficiency
  • Four steps to increase reading comprehension
  • A common disorder shared by many readers who excel in finding the essence of a selection