This toolkit will help you:<br /><ul><li>Decide what readings are most important / what could be skipped
Understand the roadblocks to effective textbook reading
Use a strategy to make the readings useful</li></ul>Textbook Reading<br />Prioritize your readings, and make them useful<b...
Lets be honest…<br />Most university students don’t have enough hours in the day to do every single reading assigned to th...
Prioritize your readings<br />Of all the readings you’ve been assigned for the week, determine what you:<br />Need to READ...
Not all readings are created equal…<br />Favoured Sources:<br />Show up on the reading list for almost every single lectur...
G_FORM<br />IN YOUR MOST DIFFICULT CLASS, WHAT IS THE FAVOURED SOURCE FOR READING? HOW DO YOU KNOW?<br />
What next?<br />Now that you’ve identified your favoured source(s), we can categorize all the rest as supplemental reading...
Hierarchies exist…<br />++ <br />Readings that pose arguments are more important than,<br />Readings that describe an even...
Roadblocks to making your readings useful…<br />Now that you have taken the time to prioritize your readings, you want to ...
Roadblock 1<br />Textbooks tend to encourage learning by memorizing isolated facts<br />This is often presented via:<br />...
G_FORM<br />WHAT’S ONE METHOD YOU COULD EMPLOY TO START READING FOR COMPREHENSION?<br />
Roadblock 2<br />Learning is not fast<br />Students grossly underestimate the time it takes to learn:<br />You can try to ...
Make your readings useful…<br />The best way to make your readings useful, is to take smart notes on all your favoured rea...
Question<br />Start by determining the question that is posed to the reader (i.e. what this reading is about)<br />+ It ca...
G_FORM<br />IN YOUR MOST RECENT READING, IDENTIFY THE QUESTION BEING POSED. WHAT IS IT?<br />
Conclusion<br />The next step is to skip ahead and look for the thesis statement or conclusion<br />+ It can often be foun...
Evidence<br />The final step is to skim through the reading to find a few solid examples (evidence) to support the conclus...
Final Product<br />That’s it – You’re finished!<br />Your final product should contain:<br />A clear question<br />Followe...
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Textbook reading toolkit

  1. 1. This toolkit will help you:<br /><ul><li>Decide what readings are most important / what could be skipped
  2. 2. Understand the roadblocks to effective textbook reading
  3. 3. Use a strategy to make the readings useful</li></ul>Textbook Reading<br />Prioritize your readings, and make them useful<br />
  4. 4. Lets be honest…<br />Most university students don’t have enough hours in the day to do every single reading assigned to them, for every single class<br />But guess what? – You SHOULDN’T be reading everything<br />
  5. 5. Prioritize your readings<br />Of all the readings you’ve been assigned for the week, determine what you:<br />Need to READ<br />Need to SKIM<br />Can SKIP entirely if pressed for time<br />This is a difficult skill to master – this takes practice, so read on for some tips…<br />
  6. 6. Not all readings are created equal…<br />Favoured Sources:<br />Show up on the reading list for almost every single lecture<br />Are usually a textbook or course pack<br />Are a MUST read!<br />+ Once you determine what the favoured source in your class is, make sure you put those readings at the top of your priority list <br />
  7. 7. G_FORM<br />IN YOUR MOST DIFFICULT CLASS, WHAT IS THE FAVOURED SOURCE FOR READING? HOW DO YOU KNOW?<br />
  8. 8. What next?<br />Now that you’ve identified your favoured source(s), we can categorize all the rest as supplemental readings<br />But keep in mind, that not all supplemental readings are created equal – we still have to develop a hierarchy<br />
  9. 9. Hierarchies exist…<br />++ <br />Readings that pose arguments are more important than,<br />Readings that describe an event or person are more important than,<br />Readings that only provide context (news clippings, speeches, etc.)<br />- -<br />Read<br />Skim<br />Skip<br />
  10. 10. Roadblocks to making your readings useful…<br />Now that you have taken the time to prioritize your readings, you want to make the readings that you do actually read, as useful as possible<br />* However there are 2 common roadblocks that stand in your way<br />
  11. 11. Roadblock 1<br />Textbooks tend to encourage learning by memorizing isolated facts<br />This is often presented via:<br />Key terms in bold<br />Definitions in the margins<br />+ Good teachers test for comprehension, so memorizing disjointed pieces won’t help much – make sure you read to understand the concept<br />
  12. 12. G_FORM<br />WHAT’S ONE METHOD YOU COULD EMPLOY TO START READING FOR COMPREHENSION?<br />
  13. 13. Roadblock 2<br />Learning is not fast<br />Students grossly underestimate the time it takes to learn:<br />You can try to read 8 chapter in 1 night…<br />But the reality will be that you skimmed 8 chapter and learned virtually nothing<br />+ Give yourself plenty of time to complete your readings, especially if an exam is coming up<br />
  14. 14. Make your readings useful…<br />The best way to make your readings useful, is to take smart notes on all your favoured reading assignment<br />Use the Question  Evidence  Conclusion method highlighted in the Note Taking Toolkit<br />
  15. 15. Question<br />Start by determining the question that is posed to the reader (i.e. what this reading is about)<br />+ It can often be found in the title or within the first couple of sentences<br />
  16. 16. G_FORM<br />IN YOUR MOST RECENT READING, IDENTIFY THE QUESTION BEING POSED. WHAT IS IT?<br />
  17. 17. Conclusion<br />The next step is to skip ahead and look for the thesis statement or conclusion<br />+ It can often be found hidden within the first or last few paragraphs – however, since it is not always stated outright, it is often the most difficult piece to find, so be patient<br />
  18. 18. Evidence<br />The final step is to skim through the reading to find a few solid examples (evidence) to support the conclusion to the question<br />+ You can skim to find examples, but once you find one, make sure you read it carefully<br />+ When you write down an example, include the page number that you found it on<br />
  19. 19. Final Product<br />That’s it – You’re finished!<br />Your final product should contain:<br />A clear question<br />Followed by 4-7 bulleted pieces of evidence including the pg. # it can be found on<br />Followed by a clear conclusion<br />+ A typical article or book chapter should fill no more than a page of single-spaced notes<br />
  20. 20. Sources:<br />Newport,C. (2007). How to become a straight A student. New York, NY:Broadway Books.<br />Samford University (2011, August 16). Howto get the most out of studying: Part 1 of 5 [Video file]. Retrived from http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=RH95h36NChI<br />
  21. 21. Developed by:<br />Gillian Corbo,<br />Sam Wempe,<br />Nick Thornton:<br />Chapman Learning Commons Assistants<br />

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