Virtually every class offered on the college level involves reading textbooks. However, many of us read a textbook like we read a newspaper article or a novel--we just start at the beginning and go sentence by sentence until we've finished. This strategy is appropriate for newspapers and novels but not for most college reading assignments.
Answer each of the questions below to find out if your approach to using textbooks is likely to result in real learning. After each statement, on a piece of paper, write 'T' for "true" or 'F' for "not true".
Well, what did you find out? If you answered 'T' to more than four of the above statements, your relationship with your textbooks can probably be more productive and satisfying.
A number of sites on the Internet offer help to students wanting to improve their reading skills. Each link below provides useful suggestions about how to handle reading assignments at the college level.
Reading Your College Textbook Handout