Chapter 5: Reading to Learn from College Textbooks

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1. 5.2= Strategies For Reading Textbooks

1.1. Vocab

1.1.1. Preface= A brief overview near the beginning of the book or chapter.

1.1.2. Foreword= An endorsement of the book by someone other than the author.

1.2. Textbooks Are Not Created Equal

1.2.1. All books are focused on different topics.

1.2.2. Math and Science books are usually filled with graphs and figures.

1.2.3. Books try to cover a lot of things in a limited space.

1.2.4. Primary sources are the original source.

1.2.5. Not all books are written the same.

1.3. Math Text

1.3.1. Pay attention to definitions.

1.3.2. If you get lost in a proof then go onto another one, and go back to it later.

1.3.3. Work through the sample problems that are provided in the book.

1.4. Science Texts

1.4.1. Glossary= A list of key words and their definitions in the back of the book.

1.4.2. Appendixes= Supplementary material at the end of the book.

1.4.3. Pay attention to graphs, charts, and boxes.

1.5. Social Science and Humanities Texts

1.5.1. Social Sciences= Academic disciplines that examine human aspects of the world.

1.5.2. Most social science texts are filled with specific terms for that area of study.

1.6. Supplementary Material

1.6.1. Most of these sources are written for other authors.

1.6.2. Abstract= A paragraph-length summary of the methods, and major findings.

2. 5.3= Improving Your Reading

2.1. Estimate the importance and difficulty of the assigned readings.

2.2. Connect one important idea to another.

2.3. When the textbook and lecture material are the same save time by mainly focusing on just one of the two.

2.4. Monitoring Your Reading

2.4.1. Ask yourself: Do I understand this? If not then stop, and reread. Then write down what you don't understand.

2.4.2. You can also recite the material out loud to check for understanding.

2.5. Developing Your Vocab

2.5.1. Notice and write down unfamiliar terms during your preview of the text.

2.5.2. Think about the context when it comes to challenging words.

2.5.3. Consider a words part, and break it down.

2.6. What to do When You Fall Behind on Your Reading.

2.6.1. Add 1 or 2 hours to studying to go over parts that you missed.

2.6.2. Join a study group.

2.6.3. Ask for help.

2.6.4. Talk to your instructor.

2.6.5. Don't give up.

3. 5.1= A Plan For Active Reading

3.1. Involves participating in reading using different strategies.

3.1.1. Highlighting

3.1.2. Taking Notes

3.1.3. Preview

3.1.4. Mark

3.1.5. Read with concentration

3.1.6. Review

3.2. Previewing

3.2.1. Begin by looking at the title of the chapter.

3.2.2. Skim through the learning objectives, and intro paragraphs.

3.2.3. Read the end summary of the chapter.

3.2.4. Finally skim the entire chapter.

3.2.5. Previewing Strategies Mapping is a preview strat. Outlining or Listing is another preview strat. To save time don't write full sentences. Creating flash cards works too.

3.3. Strategies for Reading and Marking Your Textbook

3.3.1. First read the chapter. Secondly reread the chapter, and mark through your second time.

3.3.2. Read before you mark.

3.3.3. Think before you mark. Take notes along with marking. Do more than just highlighting, and underlining.

3.4. Reviewing

3.4.1. Consider using your senses to review.

3.4.2. Recite aloud.

3.4.3. Tick off each item on a list on your fingertips.

3.4.4. Put up things around your living space. Diagrams Maps Outlines

3.5. Reading with Concentration

3.5.1. Find a quiet study place.

3.5.2. Turn off the electronics.

3.5.3. Read in blocks of time, and take short breaks in between.

3.5.4. Set goals for each study period.

3.5.5. Engage in a physical activity during your study breaks.

3.5.6. Actively engage with the material.

3.5.7. Focus on the important portions of the text.

3.5.8. Understand the words.

3.5.9. Use organizers as you read.

4. 5.0 Chapter Case Study: Irene Rameriez, 25

4.1. She was born in New York, but spent most of her life in the Dominican Republic.

4.2. Started community college, but quit after first term because she got married.

4.3. Uses whatever time she can to study, and get assignments done.

4.4. Different types of study methods.

4.4.1. Typing notes.

4.4.2. Highlighting key points.

4.4.3. Identify main ideas.

4.5. She reads the textbook before class.