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 headings. Read the final paragraph of the chapter.
Before you begin to read the first section, turn the heading of the first section into a question. Then read to answer the question that you generated. 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.
Read the text material under the heading in order to find the answer to the question you generated. Reading the section to locate an answer helps you get actively involved in the text material
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 again. 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.
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.
Van Blerkom, Dianna L. College Study Skills: Becoming a Strategic Learner. 2nd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1997. Print.