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How to Use Textbook Reading Techniques
WE LEARN. . .
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we see and hear
70% of what we discuss with others
80% of what we experience personally
95% of what we teach to someone else
How to Read Your Textbook
COMMON MISCONCEPTION: Textbooks are often read in the same way that we read pleasure books. This creates a lack of understanding and limits retention of information.
First things First- Getting to Know Your Textbook
- Examine the Table of Contents:
- What does the table of contents tell?
- How is the textbook organized? What main divisions does it have?
- Examine study questions, guides, and other helps:
- Does the text provide study aids to help in understanding the text?
- Are the study aids in the form of questions, exercises, or activities?
- If questions are used, do they simply require finding the answers or must you do some critical problem-type thinking to arrive at answers?
- Are there study aids both preceding and following a chapter? Which types of aids help you most?
- Does the text provide suggestions for other readings or materials designed to help you understand a chapter?
- Examine chapter headings, sectional headings, and margin guides:
- Look at the chapter heading and then the section headings that follow. Write them down and see if this gives an overview of the chapter.
- How do headings help in skimming a chapter for specific information?
- Do you find different kinds of type in your chapter? Does this help you understand the organization of your textbook better? How?
- Does the text provide help in identifying material to be found within each paragraph? Is the topic sentence indicated?
- Does the book use summaries? How do these help? What is the difference between giving the gist of a chapter and summarizing its contents?
- Examine maps, pictures, charts, diagrams, and tables:
- Which of these visual aids is used? Do you understand them?
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