How to Read Textbooks
Here are the best and briefest tips for reading textbooks fast:
- Mindset is important. "The hardest part about learning from a textbook isn't grasping the material; it's staying motivated."
- Mindset. Generate the feeling that you really want to master the subject, from a personal interest. Put out of mind that you are preparing for a test. Some textbooks are friends, and some are foes. Be determined to get what you want out of it.
- Prepare. Do the reading before the lecture and tutorial. It won't make sense without it. Treat college like a job and have set reading hours in the library.
- Vocabulary. Learning the vocabulary - don't skip an undefined word.
- Understanding. Ask yourself, if uncertain, what does it really mean?
- Google for resources to fortify your understanding
- Read out loud anything you don't immediately grasp fully.
- Motivation. Do it every day.
- Motivation. Incentivize progress: plan something fun at the end of each chapter.
- Control your pacing.
- Take notes only in a manner that will be organized for future reference, and don't take too many notes. Consider taking notes at the end of each section or chapter.
- Keep your breaks short. A good rule of thumb is 43 minutes study and 17 minutes rest and play.
- Notes. Nail concepts down by doing a few homework problems.
- Only write notes after finishing the section and then going back to write it all down.
- Re-read and review. After the lecture, go over the material and write a short summary and key questions. Check and confirm your understanding.
- Contemplate. Think about the concepts as you walk around and allow them to reveal themselves to you.
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