Reading with a purpose
Reading a textbook can be difficult and boring at times. A textbook is very different from reading a novel. Textbooks are not meant to read through page to page like a novel.
The following strategies are great for reading a chapter of a textbook and retaining what you read. Follow the following steps to help you read with a purpose.
Flip through each page of the chapter.
Just look to see what’s on each page, do not read, look at the pictures, how long is the chapter, are there graphs, does anything jump out at you? This will give you a sense of how long the chapter is and what to expect.
Check the end of the chapter for a quiz/review questions.
The review/quiz at the end of the chapter is what the author wants you to understand most about the chapter you read. Write down each question, review them, understand what each question is asking, do not answer questions yet.
Read the bold print of the chapter.
The bold print is your guideline while reading, it shows you the heading of what you are reading and will help you breakdown the information. So simply look through the chapter and read the bold print quickly. *Keep your review questions handy while reading the bold.
Finally, begin to read the chapter.
Now that you have previewed what the chapter is about and your brain is set up and ready to absorb the information, begin to read the chapter. While you are reading have your review questions you wrote down and answer them as you read.
As you read the chapter and answer the review questions, you will feel very accomplished because not only are you reading the chapter, but you finally are reading with a purpose and feel a sense of accomplishment which WILL translate to academic success.
In Essential Study Skills, Eighth Edition, author Linda Wong defines active reading as “… the process of using effective strategies to engage working memory to achieve specific reading goals” (267). To help students put the active reading process into action, Wong includes a checklist of active reading strategies. We’ve adapted these below. Encourage your students to adopt these strategies for reading… they’ll find that they get even more out of their study time.
Reference: Wong, Linda. 2015. Essential Study Skills, 8th ed. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.
Annotating and marking the text are active reading strategies that allow the reader to interact with the text. This enhances the reader’s understanding of, recollection, and reaction to the text. Annotating and marking the text can involve highlighting, underlining, circling, and writing notes, questions, comments and summaries of your readings in the margins.
Marking the Text
Annotating the Text
The Cornell Method is a system for condensing, organizing, and reviewing notes.
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