I never knew how bad I was at academic reading.

I really didn’t.

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Usually when I read a book, I pick it up, read the information, and try to remember it best I can for the assignment that is required. I never really go very in depth with my text books, because most of them I find frightfully dull. It takes a lot for me to be interested in the subject matter of a textbook. I tend to be one of those students that if I find the subject matter boring I only hold onto the information for as long as it takes to finish the assignment or pass the test.

I think following these steps ( 5 keys to helping students read difficult texts)will help me better comprehend and commit to memory the information I am absorbing. I usually don’t do much thought about a textbook before I read it, I usually just pick it up and away I go. I don’t spend much time pondering the style or layout. Also during the reading process I very rarely ask questions about the information or question its information unless it is something I am having trouble understanding. The after reading process for me is honestly usually the homework. I read the book, then I do the homework re-reading the information that I can’t call on very proficiently.

I think these are some great tips on how to better your comprehension and memory retention when reading a textbook that is, in your opinion, not very interesting.

— Computer Science Major, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR


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