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Instructions, Resources, Tips and Tricks

Plan for each week. Look at your upcoming classes and the topics taught in those classes, identify what you need to read and how much time that will take, if you do not have time to read all the material determine what is critical for you to read.

When Reading
  • "Don't be a reading zombie" (see Thomas Frank--see 3:06 on for specific advice on active reading)
    • Read as if you plan to teach (Bain, 237)
    • Ask yourself how the content relates to what you learned in your previous classes and how it relates to the outcomes for each lecture.
    • Look at the subject headings before you start
    • Pay attention to graphs/images/illustrations and ask yourself how they connect to the subject headings and to each other.
    • Look at how the writer is organizing information in the chapter/article you are reading (what do they talk about first? How do they link concepts?)- the table of contents and the subject lists at the beginning of a chapter are a good place to start.
  • Skim, underline or tag, and summarize (check out this link)
    • Hint: Paragraphs have 1 main idea, identify that idea and then decide if you need to read more. Paying attention to how paragraphs are organized will help you identify main ideas and reduce the amount of information you need to process (often, the main idea is in the first sentence of paragraph).
  • Highlight carefully (see the Chew and Frank videos for reasons why). Your highlighting should serve as a guide that will allow you to review essential textbook material quickly.
  • Watch "Reading Textbooks"