Reading a Textbook
Three Common Fallacies:
- An OK way to read a textbook is to “curl up” on a chair, relax, and read.
- You should not write in your book.
- A highlighter is the best way to underline.
- Sit at a desk.
- Have a pen in hand.
- Write and underline in the text.
- Concentrate, uninterrupted, for 50 minutes; then stretch.
Survey the Entire Text
- To show you what the main topics are.
- To show you how the topics are arranged. (Can you skip a chapter and read it later?)
- To alert you to the difficulty level.
- To determine how familiar you are with the subject.
- Look at the title, publication date, and author.
- Read the Table of Contents.
- Read the Preface/Introduction.
- Skim the first and last chapters.
- Read all of the chapter titles.
- Read the first & last paragraphs of each chapter, and glance at headings/subheadings.
- Look at available reading aids (e.g., glossary, index, appendix, references).
- Before reading the first chapter and/or before attending your first class.