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4942836 (voice) 4946797 (fax) [email protected] STUDY TIPS ( ) Formulating good questions is perhaps the most critical aspect of textbook reading and of being a master student. By taking a more active role in the reading process, you can focus your attention more readily and gain a clearer understanding of the material on the first reading. Generate questions from the title, headings and subheadings and the relationship among them. Use words such as who, what, when, where, how, and why as you develop your list of questions. You may want to write down your questions in the margins or on a sheet of paper. Also, utilize any questions at the end of the chapter, and take the summary to develop questions which will probably be answered in more detail in the chapter. Think about how the written text connects with the lectures from class. If you have a study guide for the chapter, read those questions before you begin the chapter, too. READ AND MARK :GO IN WITH QUESTIONS, AND READ LOOKING FOR THE ANSWERS! This is not a passive prodding along from line to line, but an ACTIVE search for answers to questions. Be aware of the patterns of organization the author uses in each section: description or narration, cause/effect, comparison/contrast, definition, list, sequence/time. Try to identify other important points in the material as you read by generating even more questions. What is the main idea in the paragraph? What are the supporting details? How does this information compare to what has already been presented? Asking questions and then reading to find the answers will help you concentrate on the material, and your attention will be less apt to wander. Again, do not just start reading from beginning to end without stopping to synthesize the material. Make sure you have some understanding of one paragraph before you move on, and pause at the end of each logical “chunk” that you established during the survey of the chapter. If you are comfortable writing in your textbooks, a good marking system can be an excellent tool for study, and this is another method of focusing your attention during the reading process. Many students only use colored highlighters to mark their texts, and they MARK TOO MUCH! The goal is to mark only what is needed to provide an outline 10
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for quick review. Remember, most of the authors wrote from an outline. See if you can develop a marking system which makes that outline stand out on the pages of the chapter. Here are some guidelines for marking your text: Mark after you have read a “chunk” to reduce the chance of overmarking. Be extremely selective, marking only key words instead of complete sentences. The key words should be enough for you to remember the entire concept. Mark definitions, enumerations (lists), examples, and signal words that help you understand the passage.
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