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Strategies for Reading and Studying Textbooks


T - Title

I - Introduction (Paragraph, outline)

C - Conclusion (Summary)

H - Headings (and Sub-headings)

W - Words (Italics, bold print)

I - Illustrations (Pictures, charts, etc.)

Q - Questions (End of chapter)


  • Read sub-section once.
  • Read again and highlight major points.
  • Highlight only information important to learn.
  • DON'T underline too much!
  • Repeat until chapter is completed.

Study Cards:

  • When reading and underlining is complete, go back and make study cards.
  • Can be used for all information to be learned...not just vocabulary words.
  • Summarize and organize information.


  • Make a question out of topic on card.
  • "Recite" the answer...don't just read it!
  • Check your answer.

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