Read to Learn!

Reading to learn is much different than reading for fun.

Expect to take more time when reading to learn.

Steps for Reading a Textbook

1.  Skim the pages you will be reading to get a general idea of what the reading is about:

  • Read the introductions and headings.
  • Read the summary.
  • Look at any pictures, charts, graphs and illustrations.

2.  Read the assigned pages carefully.  Look for the main ideas.

3.  Pause periodically to think about what you have read.

  • What are the main ideas?
  • What other information is important to remember?

4.  After reading a passage, pretend that you are explaining what you have just read to someone else.  Better yet, with your teacher’s permission, actually explain the information to a classmate.


For more information:

A Strategy for Reading Textbooks