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Reading textbooks

  1. 1. HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE TIME AND EFFORT YOU DEVOTE TO READING Tips for Approaching Your Textbooks
  2. 2. Some Quotes About Reading <ul><li>Reading furnishes our mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours—John Locke </li></ul><ul><li>… there would seem to be almost no limit to what people can and will misunderstand when they are not doing their utmost to get at a writer’s meaning…Ezra Pound. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes the only difference between a sleeping pill and a textbook is that the textbook doesn’t have a warning on the label about operating heavy machinery—David Ellis, Becoming a Master Student </li></ul>
  3. 3. Purposes for Reading <ul><li>WHAT WE READ DETERMINES HOW WE READ </li></ul><ul><li>For Exams-- need to determine which information is important. </li></ul><ul><li>For Lecture -- need to have general understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>For an Essay-- need to prepare for a specific assignment. </li></ul><ul><li>For Discussion-- need to form questions/form an opinion. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Logistics: The Stage is Set <ul><ul><ul><li>Environment/Setting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Where? In Dorm? In Library? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alone or with Others? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Quiet or with Noise Sound (i.e. Music) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Props </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Head Phones? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pillow? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Food? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Morning? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Day Time? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evening? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>V x I =M </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Value x Interest = Motivation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><ul><li>Three phase technique: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Before you read: Pry Out Questions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Step 1: Preview </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Step 2: Outline </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Step 3: Question </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>While you Read: Root up Answers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Step 1: Read </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Step 2: Underline </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Step 3: Answer </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Root up answers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Step 1: Recite </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Step 2: Review </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Step 3: Review again </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Muscle Reading
  6. 6. <ul><li>What is a passive reader? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disengaged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distracted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disinterested </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do I become an active reader? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annotate in margins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Webbing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read Out Loud </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work in Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paraphrase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Narrow Your Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make connections between text and course notes </li></ul></ul>Active versus Passive Reading
  7. 7. When Reading Is Tough <ul><li>Read it again, Sam </li></ul><ul><li>Look for essential words </li></ul><ul><li>Hold a mini-review </li></ul><ul><li>Read it out loud </li></ul><ul><li>Use your instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Find a tutor </li></ul><ul><li>Use another text </li></ul><ul><li>Pretend you understand, then explain it </li></ul><ul><li>Stand Up </li></ul>
  8. 8. Notice Your Pictures Then Let The Go The Problem With Pictures What to Do
  9. 9. Tools of the Trade <ul><li>Introductory Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides suggestions, study strategies, and explanations of features </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Table of Contents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides overview of organization of information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives you an idea of time needed for each section of reading </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Glossary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides you with definitions of unfamiliar words </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Appendix </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides addition material such as practice questions, answers, keys, charts, maps, and graphs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Index </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides alphabetical listing of topics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dictionary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A reader’s best friend </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Final Thoughts <ul><li>Focus is Key! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find a reading environment that works for you! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One system may not work for everything </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid just ,“Going Through the Motions”. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are not actively engaged in thinking about the material, you will not retain any information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You will become a more efficient reader with practice. </li></ul></ul>
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