Preview the chapter in order to determine what it is about and how it is organized Read: Title Introduction or opening paragraph(s) Headings and subheadings Pictures, graphs, or charts Closing paragraph or chapter summary Keep the review brief…just 2-5 minutes.
Get actively involved with the text material as you read it. Focus on identifying the main ideas that the author is presenting Answer questions that you formulate as you read. This will help you feel as though you are “talking to the author” as you read. Highlight or make notes Remember the extent of your reading involvement will affect how well you understand and remember the text.
As you read, you should examine the material for important information. One way to do this is by formulating and answering questions about the material as you read. Formulate questions from the headings and then read the material that follows to find the answer Ask yourself why or how the author reached a certain conclusion. Ask about the author’s point of view or biases. Ask questions about how well you understand the information
After you have finished reading the chapter, you need to prompt you memory in order to prevent forgetting. Techniques for prompting: Recitation – after you read, go back and recite important information Overlearning – continuing to work on material even after it is learned…review, review, and review some more. Organizing - place the material into logical groups (maybe based on headings and/or subheadings) Mnemonics – memory techniques to aid in retrieval…they include rhymes, associations, acronyms, catchwords or catchphrases.
VanBlerkom, Dianna L. College Study Skills: Becoming a Strategic Learner. 2nd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1997. Print.