Techniques for Learning Textbook Material
HIGHLIGHTING - a means of identifying important
information. Your goal in highlighting is to identify and mark
those portions of an assignment that are important to reread
when you study that chapter.
Why does SQ3R work?
1) It increases your comprehension.
-Comprehension is improved by the S & Q step (by
surveying or prereading, you acquire an overview of
the material that serves as an outline to follow as you
read. In the Questions step, you are focus
The SQ3R Reading /Study System
Survey This is prereading.
Use the 5 Methods of Assessment.
Become familiar with the overall content and organization of the
material (Note the bold face print, chapter headings, subheadings and italicized words. Look
A prediction is an educated guess about the
material to be read.
You make predictions based on our
background knowledge and your familiarity
with the subject
Examples: (Predict the content of each of the following
1) Health Ca
Main Ideas & Paragraph Structure
A paragraph is a group of related sentences
about a single topic.
A paragraph is structured around 3 essential
elements: the TOPIC, the MAIN IDEA, and
Topic common subject, idea
Main Idea the most import
Improving Your Academic Performance
Some experts say it is impossible to change bad habits. Their advice is to eliminate bad
habits and begin new behaviors. Consider eliminating the following:
Anger and annoyance. Often students try and improve how they r
Why is it important to recognize organizational
- You will be able to follow the ideas being presented.
- You will be able to predict what will be presented next.
- You will be able to see the relationship between the ideas.
How does recognizing
Common Organizational Patterns
1) Chronological Order time order, sequence of events. Ideas
are presented in the order in which they occur in time. This
pattern may be used to report a current event, to recount a
historical event, or give steps in a proce
Examine the assigned college textbook chapter. Comment specifically on this chapter's difficulty
using each of the five criteria. Give examples of vocabulary, concepts, graphics, etc. to validate
Analyzing Your Quiz or Test or Assignment Results
Were you disappointed in the grade you received on this assessment?_
How much time did you spend preparing for this assessment?
1 hour or less _ 2-3 hours _ 4 or more hours _
Assessing Textbook Difficulty
1) FORMAT & ORGANIZATION - the physical
arrangement of a page (difficult = solid block of print, helpful
= ideas are broken up by headings, spacing and listing).
Does it progress in an orderly, logical fashion? What features