How to Read a Textbook || Study Tips

Hello Socratica Friends! We’re here to help you be a great student! Did you know that reading a textbook is different from reading for pleasure? Hopefully you *will* have fun reading your textbook, but what we mean is that you don’t read your textbook straight through, cover to cover. Instead, we have a much more efficient technique to tell you about!

The steps for How To Read a Textbook include:
♦ Pre-reading (read the title, headings, and examine the illustrations)
♦ Read the summaries (the condensed info at the beginning and the end of the chapter)
♦ Read while taking notes
♦ Review your notes (and quiz yourself).

Don’t forget how useful the Table of Contents and the Glossary can be! Many people forget to use these important parts of their textbooks.

How many of these steps do you do? We challenge you to change the way you read your textbook. It will make your studying much more efficient! Never feel overwhelmed by your homework reading assignment again!

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We recommend the following texts and study supplies:

How to Read a Book – classic by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren

Cornell Notes notebook paper:

Cornell Notes spiral notebook

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