How Too Read Your Text Book Efficiently And As A Result, Get Better Grades
Below are eight tips to help you read and understand your text book so you can guarantee yourself better grades.
1. Skim through all titles and headings before reading the
first paragraph. This will give you an idea regarding the
material covered in the chapter or section and help you
create a mental picture of the material as you read.
2. Quickly read through the material in the section the first
time to pick out the basic concepts. Do not try to remember
or write down specific details yet. Just get an idea of what
is discussed in the reading.
3. Re-read the section carefully and take notes as you read.
Read a paragraph or even a few sentences if the
paragraphs are complicated, stop, and think about what
you read. This is the RST method. Read, Stop and take a
few minutes to digest the material and Think about what
you read. Paraphrase the material. Put it in your own
language; what does it mean to you? You may even want
to recite what you read out loud. A lot of students find the
Thinking part easier when they actually get their thoughts
down on paper. Do not try to write everything, just little
phrases to remind yourself of what you just thought
4. Be sure to look at figures, diagrams, and inserts. One
picture or graph may contain the same amount of
information found in a lengthy paragraph and be much
easier to decipher. Be sure to read all captions.
5. Record all boldfaced words and their meanings in your own
words in your notes. They must be important if the
textbook authors and publishers went out of their way to
6. Once you are finished reading, summarize what you just
read out loud. Your ability to discuss this will serve as a
true test to determine whether or not you understood
what you just read.
7. Skim through the text a few more times, especially prior to
and after lectures that compliment the material in the text.
8. Try to organize all of your notes to create the big picture.
Add information from your class notes to your text notes
and/or add information from your text notes to your class
notes. This combination is easily accomplished if you type
over your notes, leaving yourself with a neat, organized
and thorough copy of everything you need to know for
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