Met Purpose?

This article is part of the teaching tip "Five Keys to Helping Students Read Difficult Texts"

  1. After you have set a purpose and have read the text, confirm to yourself that you have indeed met your purposes for reading it.
  • If your purpose is specific and active enough to prove that you have met it, do the action.
  • If the purpose is a question, answer it completely.
  1. Address several of these reflective questions to strengthen your metacognitive awareness and thereby your comprehension:
  • What were the purposes you set originally before reading this text?  How did you come to those purposes?
  • Did you stick with those purposes throughout the reading?  If you changed purposes midstream, why did you?  Was this a move to more useful purposes?  Should you have stayed with your original purposes? Why or why not?
  • After reading, what did you realize you most wanted and needed to gain from this text?  
  • Did you meet these purposes?  How do you know?  
  • How did your purposes influence your approach to the text?
  • Are you pleased with your accomplishment? 


Tip conributed by:
Marné B. Isakson, Ph.D. (
Developer of courses: Advanced Reading Strategies for College Success and Surviving College Reading
Author of Learn More & Read Faster: A Handbook of Advanced Reading Strategies for College Success and Surviving College Reading: A Handbook of Essential Strategies for College Success. 
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