Too much to read?

How to Read a Textbook
  • Go to the questions at the end of the chapter and read over them so you can look for those points as you read.
  • Read the Final Summary of the Chapter first to give you an idea of what you will be learning and the main points it will cover.
  • Read the large or bold headings and sub-headings carefully as they are structure of each topic you will read about.
  • Read the introduction to the chapter.
  • NOW start reading the chapter in your textbook looking for the things that were highlighted in steps 1-4.
How to Read a Novel
  • Read for comprehension.
  • Pay attention to repetition that the author has specifically used in the text.
  • Read with themes in mind. (almost every novel will have one or more themes throughout it)
  • Highlight and know your literary elements in the Novel. (Plot, setting, characters, foreshadowing, imagery, etc.)
  • Read for interpretation.
How to Read an Article
  • Begin by reading the introduction, not the abstract.
  • Identify the big question.
  • Summarize the background in five sentences or less.
  • Identify the specific question(s).
  • Identify the approach.
  • Read the methods section.
  • Read the results section.
How to Read a Scholarly Work
  • Know your research question or argument.
  • You don't have to read the entire article in order.
  • Read critically.
  • Read the reference section. (This could lead you to other sources that have valuable information that could help you)
  • Take notes.
How to Improve Your Reading Efficiency
  • READ DAILY - Get into the habit of reading each day. It doesn't have to be the same subject, but reading each day exercises your brain and keeps it ready to receive information.
  • SMALL CHUNCKS - Don't ever try to read an entire chapter in one night. The material is too dense and needs to be broken up into smaller chunks. Read a little throughout the day like 30 minutes when you wake up, one hour during lunch, 30 minutes before dinner, and then the rest after dinner.
  • RECALL - After you finish reading, take notes on what you've read or create a short summary. This will help you recall the information.
  • REWARD - The reward of "good grades" is too far off, reward yourself at the end of each day for reading/doing homework. Simple rewards are streaming an episode of your favorite show, eating your favorite dessert, working out, etc.
How to Actively Read
  • Read the chapter summary first. Take notes, or better yet, make potential test questions over the chapter summary.
  • Skim the subheadings throughout the chapter.
  • Now, start reading BUT only subheading to subheading. When you finish reading an entire subheading section, take notes and make potential test questions.
  • If your chapter has review questions at the end of certain sections or at the end of the chapter, write those down in your notes as potential test questions.
  • Now, you have finished reading your chapter AND you have notes and study tools.