Textbook Study Method
Surveying a Chapter
Marking Your Text
Marking a Chapter
Effective Textbook Study
Finding the Main Idea
Survey Sheet for Textbook
- What is the title?
- What do you already know about the subject as stated in the title?
- What is the copyright date? Why is this important?
- Read the table of contents and list the major divisions or parts in the book.
- Is the book organized chronologically, topically, or does it follow some
other organizational plan?
- Make three predictions about what you can expect to learn in the rest of this
- Ask one question you would like answered.
- Read the introduction and preface. Who is the author, and what do you now
know about him or her? Mention qualifications and background, biases, unusual
approach, or any other information about the author you find in the introduction
- List three items of useful information in the preface or introduction that
will help you read the book.
- Look at the first chapter of the book. What is its title?
- How are the chapters organized? What do they contain?
- Look at the last chapter of the book. What is its title? Why do you think
the author decided to place it last?
- Look to see whether there is an index, glossary, or other built-in aids to
help you read the book List these aids.
- Assume you have just been asked to describe this book in fifty words or
less. What would you say about it?
- Is your name written in the textbook?
- What is your instructor's name?
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