Reading science textbooks for greater comprehension

 

Content for many science courses depends on textbooks. Reading carefully is very important.

Suggestions:
use lecture notes or objectives to identify what material to read;
read only a small amount of material from a chapter (a section from each chapter ) at a time;
scan the section for bolded terms;
identify graphs, charts, and diagrams that paraphrase the text;
read first for what you can easily understand;
use dictionary or text o look up words that you do not know;

come back to what you do not understand;
after reading the section, try to rewrite,  or retell in your own words, the content of the section;
read another section, repeat;
combine both sections and rewrite or retell the content of both sections;
continue by adding more and more sections;
allow for several readings to completely understand all of the material;
if you continue to not understand then ask for help, immediately.

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Reading is crucial to understanding much information.
Make the most of the time that you spend reading by rewriting what you have just read. Or....retelling what you just read. Or....diagraming what you just read.


Professor Thomas M. Lancraft
Human Anatomy and Physiology Courses
at St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

11/2009


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