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?
Anatomy of a Textbook
See a picture of the organization of a textbook. Also here is a list of survey questions to try out with your own textbooks.
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!Print this one out and hang in your study area for a list of strategies and how to's for dealing with difficult Academic Reading
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? Download this PDF file and check off the list.
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.
Remembering What You Read
"My prof told me to read the chapter. He didn't tell me to remember it!"
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!
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.
Reading Difficult Material
What to do with college level textbooks from St Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn.
A Simple Guide to Text Annotation   PDF file PDF file
What is it and what will it do for you?
Annotating Textbooks   PDF file PDF file
It's not just about underlining and highlighting. Annotating is the beginning of the studying process. Find out why you annotate and how to do it.
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.
Invention: annotating a text   PDF file PDF file
See what an annotated text looks like with main ideas on one side and comments on the other!
Mark Your Books!
Do not overmark your textbook.
Understanding How to Annotate   PDF file PDF file
Annotation requires interacting with your reading. Here is a list of ways to do this. It's not just about marking the text. It's more about asking questions about the reading and providing comments.