- Ask yourself what the writer's purpose is and who the intended audience (reader) is: why is he or she writing and to whom.
- Look up words and even whole phrases you are not sure about.
- If you know the name of the author or title of the work, look it up. Knowing more about the work, who wrote it and why will help you figure out what it means.
- Try a Google string search on short passages.
- If you still need to ask for help here or on the StudyCom Help Board, be sure to include information you have about the writer and the work. That is part of the context. You may be able to answer your own question that way.
Read the rest of How to Use Context Clues to Improve Reading Comprehension and VocabularyLearning how to use context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words is an essential reading strategy and vocabulary-builder. Identifying context clues in reading is made easier by looking for the key context clue categories within the context of an effective step-by-step strategy. So, here's the strategy:When you come to an unknown word, apply the steps of the FP'S BAG SALE strategy in the following order until you get a good clue about the meaning of an unknown word.