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Reading a Textbook How do you read a textbook? Simple. You sit at a desk or in a comfortable chair and read it, right? Probably not. Do you do any of the following things when reading a textbook? Hope for many large pictures and graphs because they take up space that could be used for words? Continually flip several pages ahead to see how close you are to the end of the chapter? Stare at a page for several minutes before discovering that your mind was somewhere else? Look back at the previous page and discover that you read it but don't remember any of it? These are pretty good indicators of someone whose mind is drifting elsewhere. Authors write novels expecting you to read them in comfortable chairs. They're filled with drama, romance, suspense, and intrigue that keeps you turning pages to find out what happens next. If a novel doesn't hold your attention, you simply stop reading it. Textbooks have facts and concepts. Because a course textbook is rarely an exciting page-turner, you must develop techniques to keep your attention centered on your task. Most students prefer not to read a chapter before the professor covers the material in class. To be honest, it is probably easier to read the chapter after having heard about it first in lecture. However, it is much more efficient to listen to the lecture having already covered the material in the book. If you get bogged down in the reading, you can always go back, slow down, or take a break. If you get lost in lecture, there is no going back. Always read the chapter before the professor lectures about it. You are eventually going to read it several times; why not read it once a few days earlier? It will make your lecture material much easier to understand. There are several formulas for learning from textbooks. The following pages describe two such techniques: SQ3R and SOAR . The SQ3R Study Formula The five-step SQ3R formula ( S urvey, Q uestion, R ead, R ecite, R eview) may, at first, appear too time consuming. Try it, keeping in mind that you'll be using your study time much more efficiently. You won't have to reread the chapter as many times, and you will save time in the future. Here are the five steps to SQ3R : SURVEY This consists of previewing the material before you begin to study it. In the first few minutes before beginning to read the chapter, do the following steps: 1. Read the title of the chapter. 2. Read the chapter outline (usually at the end of the chapter) if one is present. 3. Read the introduction or first few paragraphs at the beginning of the chapter. This gives you a general overview of what the chapter is about. 4. Thumb through the entire chapter, page by page. Read the headings of sections. Some of these should be familiar. Don't worry if some headings seem foreign to you. Read the first sentence of each paragraph.
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