– Read to your children and then tell them it’s time for everybody to read their own book. – Take your reading with you. • You can get a lot of reading done while waiting for your children. – Share child-care responsibilities with other students who also have children.
Online Reading • The Internet provides access to endless numbers of articles on just about any subject. • Five steps will help you understand the “story behind the story” in online materials and also evaluate the reliability of the material: 1. Look at the URL , the Web address. • It can give you important information about the reliability and intentions of the site. 2. Look at the page’s perimeter and the “masthead” at the top of the page. • What name is listed there? • Is it the same entity as the one listed as the publisher in the URL?
Online Reading 3. Check the quality of the information. • Based on what you learned earlier, ask yourself if the information from this Web site is reliable for your needs. 4. Consider what others are saying about the site. • Does the author offer references , reviews , or quotes about the material? 5. Trust your impressions about the material. • What does your “gut” say about the material? • Ask yourself why the Web site was written.
Tips for Studying Websites • Students often discover they do not naturally learn as effectively when reading online materials. • Part of this has to do with the nature of the medium – It just may not be as easy to concentrate on screen text as on a book held in one's hands – it's not as easy to take notes on your reading • Even when cutting and pasting key points from the web page to a document file for later use. • When the web reading is really important – Try printing it out – Take notes in the same way as described earlier for a textbook – Keep the pages in your textbook or notebook. • Work to maintain organization • If the web page has a lot of extraneous material that clutter up the printout and waste paper and ink to print – Look for an add-on for your browser that allows you to print out only what you want .
Tips for Studying Websites • A second difficulty with studying web pages has to do with links to other pages. – When you click a link in the original page to access more information on a particular point, often that link opens in the same tab • You may have difficulty getting back to where you started • You can become distracted by shifting your attention that you have to start the original document all over. • There's an easy solution. – Right-click links to open them in new tabs while you stay on the original page in the working tab. – Make sure you understand the main points of the main article before changing tabs to read the extra material. • Maintaining focus is key!
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