Textbook Reading Sites

Harvard Report on Reading   Word doc Word doc
Find out what happened when 1500 Harvard students were quizzed on a 30 page chapter in a history textbook. It's worth it to download this Word document!
Reading at University
Professors may have certain expectations that are not communicated to students directly. Get clarification of what is expected of reading textbooks at the college level, before you begin.
Reading Comprehension 101: A Step by Step Guide   PDF file PDF file
Try out the TEXTBOOK Assessment first. How is your textbook reading comprehension?
How to mind map your textbook
Here's an alternative way to annotate your textbook, which will enhance your memory.
Ten Tips for reading College Textbooks
Are you using all 10?
The SQ3R Reading System
Here is an explanation, which gives examples of how to make this system work.
Reading Academic Texts Critically
It's bad enough that I have to read the textbook, but now the prof wants me to read it critically!
Six Ways to Become Fascinated by a “Boring” Text
Not all textbooks are interesting or exciting, but you still have to read and learn from them. Here's how.
How to Mark a Section of a Textbook Chapter
This example of a page from a textbook shows what marking really looks like and what strategies were used.
Mark Your Books!   PDF file PDF file
The WHY, WHEN and HOW of marking your books with an example of what it looks like.
Maximize Comprehension by Marking Your Texts
Don't color it all yellow. Here are 10 specific strategies to use.
Remembering What You Read
"My prof told me to read the chapter. He didn't tell me to remember it!"
Remembering What You've Read
Notes from Australia." Learn to use your own cognitive strengths ... to create memorability."
Highlighting Example Statistics for Psychology   PDF file PDF file
After you read the resource on Maximize Comprehension by Marking Your Texts, check out this resource to see how it is actually done and what selective highlighting looks like.
Learning from Textbooks
Active Reading. Speed and Comprehension. Reading and Concentration.
Reading Difficult Texts
The problem with difficult and/or dense texts is that you still have to read them! So what strategies can you use. Here's a whole list of ideas from the Australian National University!
Textbook Study Strategy
Plan. Do. Review. It's the doing part that's hard!
Reading Difficult Material
What to do with college level textbooks from St Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn.
Five Keys to Helping Students Read Difficult Texts
It's a process, from launching to synthesizing to using the prof's questions. Find out how here!
How to Read a Difficult Book
Still having trouble? Try Virginia Tech.
Reading and analysing an academic article   PDF file PDF file
OK, so it's not textbook reading. But reading articles is often required for class and here is both a step by step guide and a blank form to fill it. Makes it so much easier and quicker.