Active Reading Mike Walker UNIV1011: University Success February 8, 2006 But before we begin . . . Any questions on last week’s lecture or handouts? We addressed: developing a Learning Attitude learning takes place before , during and after class
UNIV1011: University Success
February 8, 2006
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read.
Keys to Success, p. 133
“College and university reading and studying require a step-by-step approach aimed at the construction of meaning and knowledge.”
Keys to Success, p. 134
“More than anything else, reading is the process that requires you, the reader, to make meaning from written words.”
Study Smarter, Not Harder, p. 116
1. Map out your route
read the chapter title
examine table of contents
look for summary or outline
look for review or discussion questions
read introductory & concluding sections or paragraphs
read all major headings
read all subheadings
read the first sentence of each paragraph
examine all graphics
take 60 to 90 seconds to review and rehearse main points in the chapter and the important material contained in it. It’s best to do this in writing.
2. Use a flexible method
adapt previous steps
3. Be deliberate: do it right the first time
4. Be active
activate prior knowledge
question & conclude
5. Vary speed to suit purpose
6. Make the material part of you by making good notes:
think about the material
write in your own words
write key words in margin
underline or highlight key words only
draw simple diagrams or graphs
7. Check your physical environment
8. Eliminate roving eye syndrome
identify sources distraction, lapses in concentration, and where your eye travels
use pacers for focus: finger, pen or pencil, ruler, recipe card
9. Consider your study time
review, review, review
check out our text
Reading & Note Taking
When reading is tough
Read it again, Sam.
Look for essential words.
Hold a mini-review.
Read it aloud.
Use your instructors.
Find a tutor.
Use another text.
Pretend you understand, then explain it.
Ask: what’s going on here?
Active Reading Tips
People will think you’re a genius
- you are!
*Note: electronic readers typically read .txt and .htm files. If you want to read your textbooks or handouts, you have to scan the pages and convert the image into text using OCR (optical character recognition) software.
Waltzing Matilda - A. B. “Banjo” Patterson, 1895
For Next Week…
For next Wednesday’s class:
read Chapter 7: Researching and Writing.
meet here first to discuss the Library Assignment
at 5 pm, we go to the library for our tour