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Solve the Mystery!. How to Read and Understand College Texts. Kristy Kolzow. How knowledgeable and efficient of a reader are you?. Take the textbook study method inventory to find out. How did you do?. Six Reading Myths. Uncover the mystery to reading like a pro. Myths Uncovered.

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how knowledgeable and efficient of a reader are you
How knowledgeable and efficient of a reader are you?

Take the textbook study method inventory to find out.

six reading myths
Six Reading Myths

Uncover the mystery to reading like a pro.

get to know your textbooks
Get to know your textbooks
  • Scan the preface or introduction
  • Scan the table of contents
  • Scan the index, glossary, and other material at the back of the book
  • Scrutinize study questions, guides and other helps
  • Scan chapter headings, sectional headings and items in the margin
  • Examine maps, pictures, charts, diagrams and tables

Academic Skills Center, Dartmouth College 2001

ready to read
Ready to Read
  • Divide the chapter into sections
  • Space out your reading
  • Use the chapter headings to make questions
  • Take notes as you read
  • Stop to monitor your comprehension
    • ARE YOU GETTING IT?

Adapted from Orientation to College Learning

how to take notes
How to Take Notes
  • ISWAM
    • During Lecture
  • SCROL
    • While Reading
  • TASSEL
    • Staying on Task

Information about these strategies is available in your handouts.

Academic Skills Center, Dartmouth College 2001

academic survival
Academic Survival

How to pass the test successfully.

can you sport
Can you SPORT?

Say to yourself “Where did I see this information?”

Picture what you read.

Organize in your mind all your study aids.

Remember to “dump” information (fill the margins).

Tell yourself to go back to the “dumped” info.

have we solved the mystery
Have we solved the mystery??

Now use the clues you have been given to read your textbooks like a pro.

let s comprehend

Let’s Comprehend!

How to better understand what you read.

tricks to comprehension
Tricks to Comprehension
  • Understanding metaphors
    • Using comparisons
  • Read with purpose
    • FIRST
    • Read the outline
    • Read the summary questions
  • Increase vocabulary
    • Look over vocabulary list for the chapter
more tricks
More Tricks
  • Read aloud
    • Good for ALL learning styles
  • Translate the information into simple language
  • Jot down notes
    • As you read the text

*Tricks from Trenna Sue Hiler

why read

Why Read?

Reasons to read outside of the classroom.

readers have more general knowledge and can spot patterns which increases analytical thinking
Readers have more general knowledge and can spot patterns which increases analytical thinking.

Improved analytical thinking.

increased vocabulary and critical thinking makes for a better writer
Increased vocabulary and critical thinking makes for a better writer.

Improved writing skills.

kinds of reading
Kinds of reading

How do we read?

skimming
Running the eyes over quickly, to get the gist.Skimming
  • Newspaper
  • Travel brochure for interest
scanning
Looking for a particular piece of information.Scanning
  • Newspaper
  • The telephone directory
  • A train timetable
  • Travel brochure for a resort
intensive reading
Shorter texts, extracting specific information, accurate reading for detail.Intensive reading
  • Text in class
  • Postcard
  • Recipe
  • Travel brochure for detail