Have you ever read a page in a text book, got to the bottom, and realized you couldn’t recall a thing? It’s so frustrating, right? But it happens to all of us. However, when you enter college there is no time to waste, and it is too frustrating to have to reread that darn page again. Want to know how to avoid spacing out and not retaining the information you need?
The first step is to recognize that when you were reading and not paying attention you were a passive reader. Passive reading barely involves you: the reader. Writers, who create textbooks, or novels, or collections of poetry, expect to build a relationship with their readers: that means they expect their readers to join in the conversation. To join in, you must become an active reader.
An active reader is someone who interacts with the material they are reading. They ask questions as they go along. They notice when they agree or disagree with certain ideas. They pay attention to how arguments are produced, or the language used, or when a textbook highlights important facts.
How does one become an active reader? There are many strategies.
*Did you know that whether you annotate/highlight your textbook or not, that you’ll get the same amount back when selling it to the bookstore? It’s true. As long as the text is still readable, they will give you the same amount whether you wrote in the margins or never opened the book. Many students will not write in their textbooks for fear of not being able to sell it back, but they are thinking of public schools. In elementary, middle, and high school, the schools own the books; therefore, they do not want you writing in them. But in college, you own the book. So annotate your textbook!
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