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How to read the textbook you spent so much money on… Reading Strategies Student Success Center

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How to read the textbook you spent so much money on… You need to crack the spine of the book and… get the big picture-create a framework or outline for the material that will be covered in the reading, digest & distill the information from the author, identify main ideas, study the illustrations to better understand the written explanation, and annotate, yes…write in the textbook to help it make sense for yourself.

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Try using SQ3R Survey – Before you read, it is a good idea to get a sense of what the chapter is about. This first step allows you to scan over the following elements: Question – As you scan the chapter, begin to formulate questions to which you’ll find the answers as you read. Read – Take your time and read the chapter. You may want to break it apart by sections and answer the questions generated from the second step. title of the chapter, section headings & subheadings, bolded vocabulary terms, pictures, diagrams, charts, captions, the first/last sentence of each section For example: What are the key topics?, What are the important terms?, What does the diagram tell me? Locate key concepts and facts, read out loud to help comprehension, jot down answers to the questions previously formulated on note cards.

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Try using SQ3R Review - After reading the text, take a moment to review what you’ve learned. Begin to transfer information to your long term memory. Recite – Challenge yourself to review the content without your notes. This will give you an idea of how much has been comprehended and internalized. You can do this by verbalizing key concepts, facts, and terms from your annotations or note cards, anticipate possible exam questions. Rehearse the main concepts in your own words, recall definitions to key vocabulary terms, reflect on questions asked and answered.

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Annotation involves thinking, writing, underlining, and highlighting. Write comments, definitions, questions, connections to the lecture. Read and annotate a section at a time. You need to read it first to understand what is important. Annotate key information such as names, dates, events, causes/effects, characteristics, etc. Put the information in your own words-this shows you truly understood the material. Don’t copy directly from the book unless you must remember the information exactly as stated. Use symbols & abbreviations that make sense to you. How to annotate

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Remember These Ten Tips For Reading College Textbooks Read the chapter before the lecture. Divide the chapter into readable chunks to increase comprehension. List your reading assignment on a “To-Do” list. Space your reading over a few hours or days. Preview the chapter before you read. Use a reading/studying system or some type of strategy before, during, and after you read. Mark the text, annotate, or take notes as you read. Monitor your comprehension at regular intervals to make sure you are understanding the material. Review what you read and try to summarize key information. Prompt your memory by using recall words or questions in your notes and try to recite the information out loud or write it down.

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