Remember: College Textbooks are designed to help you by providing
MAJOR HEADINGSItalicized WordsBold WordsLists of Main PointsRepetition of Information/FactsSummaries
Lists of Main Points
Repetition of Information/Facts
Survey: Look over the chapter and get an idea of what it will cover. This will help you ease your way into the reading assignment.
Question: Think to yourself, “What is this chapter about?” and “What examples support the author’s main point in the chapter?”
Read: Go over the material carefully, and if you have any questions with vocabulary or concepts, write them down and review them after you finish that particular section. Continue assessing your reading to see if you are understanding the material.
Review: This is an extremely important point. Try to do this a couple of times each week. By reviewing, you will begin to see the larger conceptual picture. Think of yourself as an athlete or a musician who continues to practice and becomes better and better during his/her performances. The more you review the material (i.e., “practice”), the better your understanding will be of that topic because you are “exercising” your brain.
Recite: Practice by saying aloud the material you are reviewing. This repetition helps immensely because you are utilizing both hemispheres of your brain.
When reading challenging or dense texts, you can easily become overwhelmed and unsure of what you read. With this method, simply write a short summary at the bottom of each page as you read. This habit not only encourages you to process what you are reading, it also encourages you to annotate and make connections.
Practice: Please go over the reading passage on the next page and write out what you think are the most important points. A sample of what your questions/notes should look like appears right after the sample.
Remember: Writing questions and notes may be time consuming at first, but keep in mind that you are not rewriting the chapter. Rather, you are picking out the important points and, as a result, you now have your review sheets prepared for the exam!
THE END RESULT … A more active learner and better retention of the material since you are writing the information out!