Effective Reading of Textbooks
Students are all familiar with textbooks, however not every student knows how to use one effectively. They are not just added weights in your bag, they can be very helpful studying tools if you know how to use them properly.
Textbooks have special fonts, formats, and illustrations to emphasize certain points in a particular topic. If you pay close attention to these, you’ll find it easier to understand the overall text. When you review for a test, you won’t have to re-read whole passages.
Headings and subheadings organize the content of the textbook. They present main ideas and supporting details – much like an outline. If you find it difficult to understand a particular chapter, you can always go one thought at a time.
Bold prints usually emphasizes key terms with chapter. Pay close attention to these terms. After reading a chapter, what you can do is to take these terms down on a notebook. Write their definitions using your own words, based on your understanding of what you’ve read. You can use these notes later on when reviewing.
Visual aids (charts, graphs, maps, illustrations, captions) are there not because they are good space fillers. They explain the text visually. You can also glean more about the subject if you take time to analyze them. They reinforce the actual text.
October 9, 2009 Friday at 7:28 am