Unformatted text preview: Reading college textbooks are more challenging than reading for pleasure. When you
read for fun, you do not have to take notes, review what you have read, or focus on what you are
reading. On the other hand, college textbooks are there for you to read so that you can prepare
for tests and exams. There are four steps in active reading that will help you to be more focused
and help you have a greater understanding of what you are reading. The four steps in active
reading are previewing, marketing, reading with concentration, and reviewing.
These strategies have been very helpful to me in reading college textbooks. When
previewing, I take what I already know about the subject, read the summary, and I skim the
chapter. Marketing helps me to focus and concentrate when reading the chapter. This step will
determine what text is important to highlight and make notes on. Reading with concentration is
the key to helping me focus on my school work. I will find a place to study where I can avoid
distractions, so I will be concentrated on my school work. Reviewing will allow me to review the
material from each chapter every week. With these four steps I can be more focused, and
understand what I am reading so that I will be prepared for tests and exams.
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