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Reading Tips

Tip 1: Establish a purpose for reading

Decide if you are reading for specific or general understanding of the information. For general understanding, ask yourself questions, highlight the text, make notes in the margin and take chapter notes. Consider how this chapter ties in with class lectures and discussions. If you are reading for specific information, you might read only part of the chapter. How you read will change based upon your purpose for reading.

Tip 2: Review what you have read

Think about what you have just read. Don't immediately close the book and go on to something else. Look over any chapter notes you have written, and re-write anything that is unclear. Review the notes you made in the margin. Think about how this chapter relates to other chapters you have already read and what the instructor is discussing in class.

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