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Title: READING YOUR TEXTBOOK


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READING YOUR TEXTBOOK
  • A Study Skills Series Presented by Student
    Success Programs

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Reading Leads to Success
  • Successful students learn how to read effectively
    and REMEMBER what they have read.
  • Part of becoming a good reader is finding a
    strategy that works for YOU.
  • Remember dont give up, keep
  • looking until you find a strategy
  • that best suits YOU.

3
Reading Textbooks
  • Is not like reading for pleasure
  • Unless notes are taken, most information will be
    forgotten
  • Make sure you are understanding the information,
    rather than just looking at it

4
Why are College Textbooks more Difficult to Read ?
  • Many new technical terms
  • More abstract concepts
  • More idea dense
  • More words per page
  • Longer chapters
  • Higher reading level
  • Lower interest level
  • Lack of background about the topics

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General Strategies for Reading College Textbooks
  • Buy your textbooks early
  • Preview your textbooks
  • Read the chapter before the lecture (or, if you
    find that listening to the lecture first helps,
    at least skim the chapter)
  • Read ten pages at a time
  • Monitor your comprehension

6
3- Phase Technique
  • Before You Read
  • Preview, Outline, Question
  • While You Read
  • Reflect, Underline, Answer
  • After You Read
  • Recite, Review, Review Again

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Before you Read Preview
  • PREVIEW the entire assignment
  • Look over
  • Summaries
  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Headings and Subheadings
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Think of possible test questions
  • Identify Main Points
  • This will familiarize you with the chapter

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Before you Read Outline
  • OUTLINE material to organize your thoughts
  • Use the text headings in your outline
  • Rewrite headings if you need to
  • As you read, fill in your outline with key
    points
  • Using an outline helps keep information organized

9
Before you Read Question
  • QUESTION- what you hope to learn
  • Turn heading and subheadings into questions
  • Ask who, what, when, where, why, and how
    questions
  • Make list of questions based on the purpose for
    that reading

10
While you Read Reflect
  • REFLECT on what you already know about the
    subject
  • Turn content into mental pictures
  • Be conscious of what you are doing
  • Reflecting helps your brain get prepared to
    accept information that follows

11
While you Read Underline
  • UNDERLINE- important concepts
  • Highlighting can be substituted for underlining
  • Avoid underlining too soon
  • Underline after you have read each paragraph

12
While you Read Answer
  • ANSWER- the questions you came up with
  • Fill in your outline
  • Jot down new questions answers
  • Note when you dont find answers

13
After you Read Recite
  • RECITE when you are done reading
  • Read each question and answer it out loud
  • Talking about what you read, helps you summarize

14
After you Read Review Review again
  • Review within one day
  • Helps move information from short-term to
    long-term memory
  • Go over your notes
  • Read the highlighted parts of your text

15
4 Different Reading Levels
  • Previewing
  • Skimming
  • Active Reading
  • Analytical Reading

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Skimming
  • Covers the content at a general level
  • Involves reading at about twice your normal rate
  • Gives a chance to see what the chapter/assignment
    contains

17
Active Reading
  • Use to avoid empty reading
  • Absorb yourself in what the author is trying to
    say
  • Focus on identifying the main points and how the
    supporting points reinforce them

18
Analytic Reading
  • Reading at a more intense level
  • Involves breaking ideas open and digging beneath
    the surface
  • Promotes a comparison of the work to other works
  • Should involve questioning the author and yourself

19
Reviewing
  • Makes the main points stand out so they are
    easier to remember
  • Is an opportunity to test yourself on
    comprehension
  • Consolidates learning

20
Elements of Your Reading Plan
Preview
Intensity of Effort
Skim
Active Reading
Analytic Reading
Review
21
Reading Strategies
  • P2R
  • preview, read actively, review
  • SQ3R
  • survey, question, read, recite, review
  • S-RUN-R
  • survey, read, underline, note take, review

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A Summary of Strategies to Improve Reading
  • Practice a positive attitude
  • Pace yourself according to difficulty level
  • Take breaks to restore concentration
  • Shift gears when you dont make progress
  • Build your vocabulary
  • Work on reading faster
  • Read other sources if reading is confusing

23
Reading Tough Material
  • When you dont understand, slow down and reread
  • Break long assignments into segments read 10
    pages, do something else, and so on
  • Translate difficult materials into your own words

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Tips to Remember
  • Read in a quiet environment
  • Stay focused
  • Take short breaks
  • Turn the content into mental pictures (visualize
    it)
  • Avoid reading in bed
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