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Textbook Reading






Choose the response that most closely matches your feeling about the statement:

SD – Strongly Disagree
D – Disagree
A – Agree
SA – Strongly Agree)

    SD D A SA
1. I use a specific method to study textbook material.
2. I’m aware of the summaries at the end of sections of chapters in my textbooks, and use them as study tools.
3. When I don’t understand my textbook, I get a less difficult book or a book written in a different way.
4. I read textbooks at a different speed than I read fiction and light magazine articles.
5. I know what a glossary is and how to use it.
6. I preview my textbooks early in the course, by skimming the table of contents and looking over the rest of the book.
7. I use the index as a review of the textbook’s content before tests.
8. I know how to identify and use textbook features, such as italics, headings, subheadings, pictures, charts and graphs, to better understand the subject.
9. I preview a chapter before I begin to read it.
10. When studying I read a long chapter by summarizing each part of it as I go along.
11. I read the preface, or foreword to my textbooks.
12. I read textbook chapters over several times as a way of learning the material.
13. I use a system of marking and underlining important information in my textbook chapters.
14. I outline and/or make notes on sections of the chapter that contain facts and ideas that I want to remember.
15. I think I understand what I read as well as most other students.
16. When I read my textbook I don’t understand a lot of the terminology and vocabulary that are used.
17. I make notes and write questions in the margins of my textbook pages as a way to emphasize important ideas and to help myself remember what I’ve read.