Before you read:
- Determine what you want
to learn or find out from the material.
- Look over what you will
- Skim to find out how
the author has chosen to present the material.
- Ask yourself what you
already know about the topic(s) the author will cover.
- Jot some predictions on
paper about what you expect to learn from the text.
- Underline, highlight,
or take notes to help you construct meaning and recall
- Ask yourself
continually, `Do I understand what I just read and do I see
how it fits?'
- Pay attention to
titles, chapter, and subheadings.
- Examine any tables,
illustrations, bold-face print, underlining, colored print,
captions, glossaries, and other aids the author has
- Pause during your
reading to reflect upon and organize new information and
link it to what you already know.
- When you don't
understand something, review your notes to see where you got
off track, reread the passage, talk to another person, or
consult such resources as a dictionary.
- Summarize what you have
read by restating main ideas from the text.
- Evaluate your notes and
- Reread any passages
that you did not understand.
- Apply new ideas from
the text to broader situations to extend thinking.
- Evaluate the ideas
presented in the text.
- Jot down any questions
you still have about the topic.
- Use study strategies
for notetaking, locating, and remembering to improve
learning in the subject area.