Understand Readings and Textbooks


Textbook Reading

Top Tips

Active reading will help you remember information and use your time effectively. Take notes on the text, ask yourself questions and search for major themes. Dartmouth University has some great strategies for reading actively.

Reading quickly isn’t always the most effective strategy. For critical reading, a slow, careful pace may be necessary. Understand which sections you can skim and which sections you should read in depth.

Plan to read when your energy and concentration levels are at their highest. Learn how by checking out Ohio University’s concentration study tips.

Integrating your lecture and reading notes will help you:

  • retain information,
  • build understanding
  • and prepare for tests.

At the end of a lecture or reading, draw a mind map that summarizes the material. Now draw connections to other lectures, readings and course themes.

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Enhance Your Wellness

Stress, to varying degrees, is a part of every student’s experience. Your perspective on stress and the ways you respond influence the impact of stress on body and mind. To understand how stress can be positive and to learn about how reaching out to others reduces stress, watch Kelly McGonigal’s Ted Talk:

For more wellness resources, see https://services.viu.ca/counselling/health-wellness-resources.

Student Support Areas

Connect Concepts

Understand Reading and Textbooks Concept Map by The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

Value for Me?

Re-reading has been shown to be ineffective compared with other strategies. Students can be more actively engaged in reading, enhancing learning of key terms, by using techniques of
- questioning,
- outlining,
- and note-taking.

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Technology Integration

  • Margins If you like taking notes in the margins of books, this app is for you.