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Reading your textbook

  1. 1. Reading a Textbook<br />Sonja Franeta, <br />English as a Second Language Instructor<br />
  2. 2. Textbooks are difficult<br />They are not pleasure reading<br />They are meant to give information<br />The words and concepts are complex<br />You are not alone<br />ASK QUESTIONS<br />You will find the answers.<br />
  3. 3. Form study groups<br />Help each other<br />
  4. 4. Some myths about reading<br />You have to read every word.<br />You have to read everything in order.<br />Reading one time should be enough.<br />Don’t skim or you won’t remember things.<br />Looking at the pictures will distract you.<br />NOT TRUE!!!<br />
  5. 5. The Brain<br />Works by associations<br />You have a lot of experience and knowledge.<br />Activate your background knowledge!<br />
  6. 6. Everyone is different.We have different learning styles.<br />Auditory<br />Visual<br />Kinesthetic<br />We have Multiple Intelligences<br />
  7. 7. Academics have emphasized the linguistic and logical intelligences but you are studying kinesthetically—hands on.More learning opportunities. <br />
  8. 8. How to read a textbook?Don’t be intimidated.You are reading it for a purpose. What are you trying to find out?The drill press unit—p.335<br />
  9. 9. Look at the title and think about what you know about drill presses before reading.<br />The book gives you a lot of help with summaries and review questions.<br />You can look them over.<br />
  10. 10. Preview the chapter<br />Read the title<br />And the first and last paragraphs<br />Look at subheadings<br />Read anything boldfaced and italicized.<br />Look at pictures and charts.<br />Get associations going and think about the subject.<br />
  11. 11. Read the chapter<br />Mark things you want to go back to with “*” or an abbreviation like “imp” or other marks<br />Underline important terms with explanations<br />Put question marks where you don’t understand or want to ask about<br />
  12. 12. Take notes<br />To help you remember:<br />Jot down the title of the section or chapter<br />What are the key points?<br />write down the page numbers you want to remember.<br />
  13. 13. You can also preview the chapter or unit and think about what the main idea is<br />Then go back to the parts that interest you. For example, maybe you just want to find out about tapping.<br />
  14. 14. It is important to find out the main idea.<br />Does it fit with your purpose?<br />
  15. 15. Make vocabulary flashcards<br />On one side the word<br />On the other side the definition, maybe its usage.<br />
  16. 16. If you want to study a chapter, use the review questions<br />If you don’t have review questions, write a question that goes with each paragraph or subheading as a way of summarizing.<br />
  17. 17. What unit of measure is used for cutting speed?<br />What is spotting, and why is it performed?<br />What is pecking or peck drilling?<br />Why is it better to tap on drill press rather than hand tap?<br />Now for some detective work!<br />
  18. 18. On a piece of paper:What did you learn?What was helpful?Do you have questions? Sonja Franeta<br />