2. Survey the chapter before you read it. This
will give you a general idea of what the
chapter is about and the main points that the
author is making.
Go through the chapter and glance at the
Read the final paragraph of the chapter.
3. Before you begin to read the first section,
turn the heading of the first section into a
Then read to answer the question that you
Formulating questions forces you to think
about what you are about to read; it makes
you try to predict what the author’s main
point will be.
4. Read the text material under the heading in
order to find the answer to the question you
Reading the section to locate an answer
helps you get actively involved in the text
5. At the end of the first heading section,
answer the question that you formulated.
Recite the answer in your own words,
without looking at the text
If you find you are unable to recall a part or
all of the answer, glance over the section
Jot down a brief answer in outline form on a
piece of paper.
Don’t make any notes until you have read
the entire section.
6. After you have finished reading the entire
chapter, look over the notes that you have
made to again familiarize yourself with
the important information in the chapter.
Check your memory by covering your notes
and reciting the main points out loud
Then cover each main point in your notes
and try to recite the subordinate points
that you noted until you have reviewed
each headed section.
7. Van Blerkom, Dianna L. College Study
Skills: Becoming a Strategic Learner. 2nd
ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1997. Print.