Was it the terseness that caused my “reading comprehension” issues? Lack of spacetime to expand?
A Review of Summarizing and Main Idea Interventions for Struggling Readers in Grades 3 Through 12: 1978–2016
This recommends Paraphrasing!
I do that all the time. Take original text, say it in my own words back to the origin, compare/contrast, negotiate meaning until common territory is established.
But in testing, you get two/three paragraphs, then questions. No time to think (clock pressure) and no space to write out ideas (paraphrasing). I may paraphrase DIFFERENTLY than the test makers yet my paraphrasing might be an adequate bridge to the version they present in their terse questions.
I do struggle with “main idea”. I’ll know on an intuitive level and be able to describe ‘around’ while touching upon multiple viewpoints each with more or less validity, while never reaching the “AND THEREFORE” “THUS is SO”. part.
This has been called “lack of central coherence”. It is also called “locally heavy and globally weak”. It is also called “can’t see the forest through the trees” or “looking for a forest when a toothpick will do”.
Could I simply be enjoying the moment so much that I don’t want it to end? Epicurean to the core? “Don’t rush me” could be on my gravestone.