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Library resources to help students with any writing skills in their courses as well as reading skills.

Retain What You Read!

 
  • Preview your reading first. Look over the table of contents, chapter headings, figures, illustrations or other graphics.
  • Skim your reading. This is a quick reading (read as fast as you can) to become familiar with the material. 
  • Watch for words that are
    • CAPITALIZED,
    • in bold print,
    • italicized,
    • or even in color!  This is done to get your attention!
  • After reading a section, summarize (on paper or aloud) what you just read. 
  • Create a list of questions you have as you read. 

 

Source: Downing, S. (2016) On course: Strategies for creating success in college and in life (8th ed.). Boston: Cengage Learning.

  • Read in chunks • not word by word.• This takes practice to accomplish • so have patience • it will happen!  
  • At the end of each section, stop and tell yourself what you just read.You may tell yourself aloud but you'll probably remember it more if you write it down.
  • As you read look for answers to the questions you created as suggested in the "Reading Tips" tab. 
  • Come up with new questions and look for their answers.
  • Take notes in your own words on what you read. 
    • Do this rather than highlighting the text as you will retain more of information- look at the main ideas and supporting evidence.
    • If the material is boring or you don't really want to read it look for the IOUs (Interesting or Usable information). 
  • Define keywords. Use the glossary in the textbook or a dictionary.
  • Work on reading critically.

 

Source: Downing, S. (2016) On course: Strategies for creating success in college and in life (8th ed.). Boston: Cengage Learning.
  • After you have finished reading your material, ask yourself:
    • what are the key concepts?
    • identify the main ideas?
    • identify the supporting evidence?
    • what do you think /feel about the authors ideas and evidence?
  • Reread any difficult parts to clarify what you read.
  • If you don't understand the material then contact your instructor or classmates and discuss what you have questions about!

 

Source: Downing, S. (2016) On course: Strategies for creating success in college and in life (8th ed.). Boston: Cengage Learning.
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