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- More Strategies for Reading your HealthcareTextbook
- Annotating is selectively underlining important information or details, and writing marginal notes, on an essay, article, or textbook chapter.
- One of the most effective techniques to help you become an active reader is annotating what you’ve read. It helps you think more carefully and fully about information.
- Here are some strategies for annotating a textbook.
HOW? Remember to use SQ3R!
- Survey/Preview the reading selection to discover the contents, and how the information is organized.
- After reading each section in the chapter (from one subheading to the next subheading), star & underline key words, phrases and main ideas
- Mark the main ideas and write them not as
- sentences, but with key words or summary words, next to each section in the margin of your textbook.
- Turn your subheadings into questions.
- Underline those details that answer your questions, or directly support, prove, or explain the main idea.
- Note the details by also marking them numerically- 1,2,3 etc
- When you finish marking or underlining a section of the chapter, write key words in
- Use key words that will briefly explain the information you’ve underlined in that section.
- A [brackets] for main ideas
- A single line for details
- A long bracket for important paragraphs
- An asterisk * for important information to remember
- Numerals to show a listing of examples or details
- Write ex to mark examples
- Write a defined word in the margin to indicate its definition
- Write question marks for key points that may be unclear to you
- BE ALERT TO SIGNAL WORDS THAT POINT OUT MAJOR DETAILS!
- The following are some examples of different kinds of signal words that point to the major details.
- Become aware of them!
Words that signal examples or illustrations
- For Example
- For Instance
- To illustrate
- Such as
Words that signal sequence or spatial locations
- First Distal
- Second Proximal
- Last Supine
- After Lateral
- Initially Upward
- Next Interior
- Previously Exterior
- Until Outward
Words that signal comparison
- Just as
- Even though
- On the other hand
- In contrast
- As a result
Let’s give annotation a try
Read, Print & Annotate:
- What is the controlling
- What is the main idea
- of each paragraph?
- What are the important
- Use margin notes.
Before you start reading…..
- Ask yourself, what is the organization? ( It is probably a time order, so you know the emphasis of the chapter is the sequence of developments).
- Think of what you already know about the subject, and some questions that you have about this topic.
- Write some questions next to the chapter heading.
- Give yourself a purpose for reading.
Let’s get started
- Did you print the article?
Be sure to……
Now…..look at the chapter:
- Turn the heading “ The First Trimester” into a question and write it next to the title.
- Read through the section once rapidly to get a general idea of what it is about. Circle any unknown words and clarify their meaning.
- You are ready to annotate that section
- Go to the next subsection and repeat the steps listed above…question, read, annotate.
When you have finished annotating …………………Compare
- You can now look at the
- example of annotation that follows:
How did you do? Now, you can review:
- Read aloud the underlined text, and the and summary notes you have created.
- Could you study this information rather than rereading the article?
- Can annotation be helpful for your learning?
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