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2. WHAT IS A TEXTBOOK? A textbook or coursebook i s a manual of instruction in any branch of study.Textbooks are produced according to the demands of educational institutions.Although most textbooks are only published in printed format, many are now available as online electronic books. 3. CHECKLIST OF SYMPTOMS Do you often: Getbored or fall asleep when reading a textbook chapter? Feel that you haven't remembered a thing after you finish reading a chapter? Get poor grades in courses that require reading textbook material? Get poor grades on chapter tests when you think that you knew the material? Spend several hours rereading a chapter in a textbook? 4. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Textbooks are difficult. They are not pleasure reading. They are meant to give information. The words and concepts are complex. 5. HOW TO READ A TEXTBOOK? Step 1: LOOK AT THE COVER! Arethere any pictures that can give you a clue on the topics you may be studying? What about the title? Is this a book for beginners or for someone with more skill? If it's a history book, will 6. HOW TO READ A TEXTBOOK? Step 2: REVIEW THE TABLE OF CONTENTS! Howmany chapters does the textbook have? What about sub-chapters? Is there a glossary or a series of appendices? What about a bibliography? 7. HOW TO READ A TEXTBOOK? Step 3: SURVEY/PREVIEW THE CHAPTER (SKIM THE ENTIRE CHAPTER). Whatimmediately catches your attention? Is it the bold text of the chapter title or are there clear photos or drawings with 8. HOW TO READ A TEXTBOOK? Step 4: REVIEW ANY CAPTIONS THAT MAY BE IN THIS CHAPTER. Thisincludes the writing underneath pictures or photographs, as well as the titles for charts and diagrams. How do the words and pictures compare? 9. HOW TO READ A TEXTBOOK? Step 5: WRITE DOWN THE BOLD TEXTS OF THE CHAPTER. 10. HOW TO READ A TEXTBOOK? Step 6: COMPARE THE QUESTIONS AT THE END OF THE CHAPTER WITH YOUR LIST OF BOLDED TEXT. 11. HOW TO READ A TEXTBOOK? Step 7: REVIEW AND RECITE. Thisis the most important step! Don't delay! Review immediately, during the same study session. Once you get to the end of the piece, go back and review the notes you've made. Look over the important words, points, and lists. 12. TIPS Don't be hard on yourself. If this is hard for you, it's probably just as hard for other students in your class. Don't try to read in a noisy environment. That might be OK under other circumstances, but it's not a good idea when attempting difficult reading. Talk to others who are reading the same material. ASK SOME ADVICE. Don't give up! 13. THE END

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