If you are anything like me, then you know textbook reading can be slow going. For some of my science classes, it can take me up to 10 minutes to read a single page! So, I want to share my favorite method for reading/understanding textbook chapters with you.
Step 1: Survey
The main point of surveying is to get a preview of what is to come. Be sure to read over any titles, headings, and subheadings along with the introductory paragraphs. Look at the diagrams and tables read their captions. This step should take anywhere from 5-15 minutes.
Step 2: Question
Rewrite each of the paragraph headings as a question. These questions should help you understand what information to focus on and will later serve to format your study guide if you choose to make one.
Step 3: Read
Yep! That’s right! You actually have to read your $200 textbook. While you read, try to answer the questions you made in step 2.
Step 4: Recite
For this step, begin by saying aloud the important details of what you read. Go over this information several times. (This can be a bit embarrassing in the dorm, so you may want to find a study room you can have to yourself or a partner in the class.) Don’t forget to write down the key points into your notes. They should answer all of the questions from your title headings.
Step 5: Review
Take the time to study at least a half hour a day. I promise this will pay off in the long run! Try to answer all of the questions you made in a few key details.
Implement this technique at the beginning of the semester and you will be well on your way to an A.
Good luck and happy studying!