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5: Reading to Learn
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- 5.1: Are You Ready for the Big Leagues?
- Think back to a high school history or literature class. Those were probably the classes in which you had the most reading. You would be assigned a chapter, or a few pages in a chapter, with the expectation that you would be discussing the reading assignment in class. In class, the teacher would guide you and your classmates through a review of your reading and ask questions to keep the discussion moving. The teacher usually was a key part of how you learned from your reading.
- 5.2: How Do You Read to Learn?
- The four steps of active reading are almost identical to the four phases of the learning cycle—and that is no coincidence! Active reading is learning through reading the written word, so the learning cycle naturally applies. Active reading involves these steps: (1) Preparing, (2) Reading, (3) Capturing the key ideas, and (4)Reviewing.
- 5.3: Dealing with Special Texts
- While the active reading process outlined earlier is very useful for most assignments, you should consider some additional strategies for reading assignments in other subjects.
- 5.4: Building Your Vocabulary
- 5.5: Chapter Activities