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- 1. Reading a Math Textbook Steven Diaz Math Instructor Academic Enhancement Center St. Thomas University
- 2. Not like reading a novel!
- 3. Don’t skip the chapter openers !
- 4. The headings are clues!
- 5. Every word counts!
- 6. Decode the symbols !
- 7. Read the margin notes !
- 8. Study the illustrations !
- 9. Write as you read !
- 10. Practice the examples !
- 11. Check for understanding !
- 12. So, what is the strategy ? <ul><li>Look at the chapter openers and page headings to get the big picture of the content. </li></ul><ul><li>Skim through the pages to get a sense of the content. </li></ul><ul><li>Reread but this time thoroughly. Write as you read. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice the examples. </li></ul>
- 13. So, what is the strategy ? <ul><li>Fill in any gaps you still have about the chapter content by asking for help or referring to other sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on what you have read to make connections and internalize the content. </li></ul><ul><li>Take ownership of what you read by explaining the content in your own words. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice what you have learned. </li></ul>

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