Hello lovelies! Today I am back for my first blog post in 2017! I hope you had a lovely New Years and I wish you all the best of luck at having an amazing 2017. Today I will be sharing 5 tips to help you read your textbooks more effectively and efficiently for better performance in your college classes. While reading textbooks can often be boring and not exactly fun, staying up-to-date on course content is absolutely crucial to passing your classes. Read on for a few tips on how to make the experience better.

Divide the reading into chunks

No one wants to sit down and read 50 pages of textbook in one sitting. Instead, break the reading up in 10 page chunks. It’ll lead to better understanding of the material, as you won’t just be skimming or powering through to get it finished. Take your time and actually engage with what you are reading.

Take notes

Whether you prefer to use a notebook, a laptop, or the book itself to take notes in, make sure to jot down the most important information from the assigned reading. Keep yourself organized by using different color highlighters to illustrate different types of content or key words. I would suggest waiting until after you’ve read a page or a few to take these notes though – taking notes while you are reading disrupts your focus and flow, leading to less comprehension.

Read out loud

Sometimes confusing information is made more understandable by reading it out loud. If you’re stuck on particularly confusing material, consider reading out loud and running through it as long as it takes until you understand.

Look for big ideas

Many textbooks have a chapter summary that shows what the major themes or ideas of the reading are. Use those to focus yourself, and as you read through the material, concentrate on understanding those themes or big ideas.

Reflect

At the end of the reading, take some time to reflect on what you read and create a summary of the material. Make a list of major themes or ideas that you think are most important. Reread the introduction or summary to the reading. Make sure you understand what the main argument for the reading was (if there was one) and that you can point out the evidence that was used to support that claim.

That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading. Please share your comments or questions below or with me on Twitter @CaseyDonart

xoxo Casey

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