Instructions: Read your textbook (or articles or other required reading). As you read each paragraph, make sure you understand what you just read. Can you summarize that last paragraph? Or can you remember the main idea of it? If not, go back to the last thing you recognize/remember and read again. Keep rereading until you comprehend all of the information.
Reading your textbook probably isn’t high on your list of priorities, but it should be. This is especially true if you’re struggling to make the grade you want to make. There’s no substitute for the amount of information you can learn from reading. Plus, after you’ve been introduced to a topic (by reading your textbook, for example), it will be much easier to understand when you are exposed to it again (like in your teacher’s lesson).
Maybe you’ve tried to read your textbook, but you got so lost in all of the vocabulary and dry detail that you gave up the good fight. Getting lost when reading a textbook (or reading anything, for that matter) is normal. Another teacher once told me, “We are all crazy when we read.” She went on to explain that there are three voices in our head when we read:
- The text itself
- Our thoughts about the text
- Whether or not we should eat a burrito for dinner.