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How to Read a Textbook: Introduction

A four-step method for reading a textbook with greater attention, with build-in note taking and test preparation. Never read a chapter more than once.

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Assumptions & End Result


  • Textbook is non-fiction material.
  • Book is a textbook, not a fiction or non-fiction book acting as a textbook.
  • The student wants to do the work of the reading, but doesn't know the most effective method beyond only reading.

Using this method results in 

  • reading the material one time with greater comprehension
  • a set of notes useful for studying for the test

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Lisa Bartle