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Reading a College Textbook

Efficient Reading is Critical to Your Success

The Advising and Academic Support Center offers a reading workshop which focuses on a very important aspect of being successful in college: reading a textbook. Students will learn strategies to save time and energy while reading, active reading techniques, and have time to practice new reading skills and strategies. Interested students are encouraged to bring one of their textbooks.


Reading Workshop Summary

Reading Before Class
  • Reading the entire chapter before class is not always necessary
  • Start by previewing the chapter/reading
    • Look at headings, subheadings, and figures
  • Then scan the entire chapter and then scan a second time, but pause and focus on:
    • Introduction, headings/subheadings, first and last sentence of each paragraph, bold/italic/underlined words, figures/pictures, and review sections
Reading After Class
  • Read sections that didn’t make sense and fill in gaps
  • Answer questions and formulate new questions
Active Reading Techniques
  • Use a system to annotate the text with summary sentences, questions, etc.
  • Outline or summarize
  • Use flowcharts or diagrams
  • Make connections to other readings/chapters
General Reading Tips
  • Do reading (and all homework) earlier in the day and at the same time of day
  • Distribute learning and take breaks to increase retention and comprehension
  • Review reading, notes, and course material every day
Reading Tech Tips

Student Testimonials

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"Would recommend her to any of my friends"

"Ms. Rice was very helpful and answered all of the questions I went into the appointment ready to ask. She even answered questions I did not even know I had. She helped me feel less anxious about where I currently am at in my education as well as offered a class that I did not know BSU offered, but that I am now extremely interested in. She was very friendly and would recommend her to any of my friends needing academic advisement."

Toree Denmark