What is "active reading"?

Active reading takes an important place in language learning and in maintaining your language skills, as this strategy helps us read more effectively!

We do not only skim through a text, instead we actively integrate new espressions into our vocabulary and try to understand the text completely, so that we will be able to memorize its content.

The more we practice active reading, the better! But what does it include at all? I came up with the following four steps and  used this Russian text for this specific exercise.

1. Read a text passage and underline all the new words and expressions you’d like to memorize. 2. Make a list of your new words and find definitions for them. 3. Re-read the text, highlighting the key phrases.  4. Note down the key words and concepts that would help you summarize each paragraph orally.