I have an associate degree already and I have learned what works for me. I schedule time every day for studying. I also try to schedule the same time every day. I have a quiet space set up for my study time as I do my best work studying, reading, or completing assignments with minimal distractions. If I come across unfamiliar words, or concepts I do not understand. I look up the word and then reread the passage. If I still do not understand I ask questions of classmates or the instructor. The reading method I use is the PSR method because this method ties in well with the outline style of note-taking, I use.
The reading method that stands out for me is the PSR method as I use it already. PSR stands for Preview, Study-read, Review.
means to skim the text for Objectives, heading, subheading, introductions, conclusions, or summaries. Develop questions from these
I ask the who, what, when, where, why, and how for my notes in this stage.
means to read the text to answer the questions you developed in the preview stage. This helps to develop a deeper understanding of the material
I answer the questions I developed in the preview stage and research concepts or ideas I might not understand, or I might need more clarification on
means to review the text and your notes, ask yourself do you understand the ideas and concepts presented? Could you explain them to someone else?
I know this strategy works for me as I have used it since high school. How it might be effective for someone else is it give steps to take while reading for comprehension, ties in well with note-taking and annotating the text itself. It might be challenging for someone new to note-taking or annotating, but I think with practice it would be a great method for critical reading.
I already apply these strategies, but I did pick up some great tips for reading from the resources such as the following from Kathleen King’s Tips (https://success.oregonstate.edu/learning/reading):
Read prefaces and summaries for important details and information
Before reading think about the purpose behind the reading. Why did the instructor assign this reading? Jot down these thoughts.
Applying these strategies and tips should help me to develop a deeper understanding of the ideas and concepts I am reading.
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Read the above and then do the following:
- Compare and contrast the strategy with the one you chose, and share whether their strategy may or may not work for you and why.
- Compose responses that are at least 100 words each.