What are some good ways to stay focused on reading a textbook?
Topic: Format for writing a book summary
July 19, 2019 / By Admiranda Question:
I've got a ton of reading this semester in technical textbooks. I'm not talking about like, american history, I've got "Thermal Systems Engineering" and "Statics, Structures and Materials", to name a few. They're very dry, and I've found my mind wondering and every few minutes I lose focus and go do something else. What advice do you have to help me stay focused?
Best Answers: What are some good ways to stay focused on reading a textbook?
Tennyson | 3 days ago
Oh man, that's a tough one.
Try reading the chapter aloud with expression onto a tape. Then listen to it in the car, when exercising, while going to sleep etc. That way you will be exposed to it several times. If you have a learning disability or are visually impaired, you may be able to obtain texts already on tape. These can be played at different speeds to aid in your comprehension.
Try studying with some one else and taking turns reading a paragraph or section aloud. One person reads, the other person summarizes the section in simpler English. Make up a couple of questions which would be answered by the selection you just read. Figure out the answers. Write question on the front and have partner write answer on the back of a file card. Write the page number or location of answer. Use a variety of question formats and make up about twice as many questions as your instructor usually puts on a test. Don't be surprised when some of your questions show up on the test. Discuss answers which are not clear cut with your study buddy.
Skim the selection for unfamiliar vocabulary. Look up the meanings in glossary or dictionary and keep list of meanings handy when reading to aid comprehension.
If you are not planning on selling the book back to the bookstore, go crazy with highlighters. Use Green for main idea and summary statements. Yellow for supporting details. Pink for critical or peviously unknown information. Invent your own coloring system, it will mean more to you. This has you physically doing something, as well as mentally separating information into categories.
Depending on subject area, drawings or diagrams, timelines or charts may help you organize the information. Use mnemonic devices such as sayings or rhymes to help memorize info.
If the subject is still difficult for you ,check into getting a tutor, find videos covering the same subject area etc.
Hope this is a start. Everyone learns differently. Try everything and use what works best for you.
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Originally Answered: How can i stay focused while reading?
Active learning is always important, in reading and listening to lectures. This is a questioning frame of mind. Look for inferences. Try to predict where the train of thought is going, Take notes, in your notebook or better yet in the book margins. You can make the job easier by dividing it into separate tasks. Begin by previewing the chapter or article by looking at everything that tells you quickly what it's about: headings, sub-headings, first sentences of paragraphs, captions of illustrations, etc. Read through it at a fairly quick rate and underline or highlight so that you get the gist of what the text means. Underline so that these words alone make sense when you read a second time. Don't underline too little or too much. Pencil has two advantages: quickly writing margin notes and underlining that can be erased.
People will tell you to get rid of distractions like music, but the research indicates that music is OK for some people. But some distractions are definitely bad. For example, don't position your desk to face a sidewalk. Some people don't mind clutter, others do.
I'm right there with you as I'm reading for a constitutional law class right now and the cases are dry as a bone. Here's what helps me:
-- Read your textbook in small, manageable chunks and take breaks from time to time.
-- Be consistant. This means reading on a scheduled daily basis. Also, try to study in the same place and at the same time everyday. This actually has helped train my mind to think of that time as "work time."
-- Along the same lines: I think best in the evenings, so that's when I try and study as it's when I'm most alert.
--Sit up. I know this sounds silly, but when I'm a t a desk I actually study. When I'm lounging on my bed, I invariably fall asleep.
-- Eliminate distractions such as the t.v. and music, but also bad lighting, phone calls ect.
--Underline or highlight in your text (I suppose this depends on if you plan on keeping the book)
-- Take good notes
Also, if the text is really hard to get a handle on read it more than once. First, read it straight through to get the overall gist and then go back and do a more detailed line-by-line reading. I think this actually can be more time effective than driftng off every five minutes or forgetting/not undersanding the text and having to go back to the text for an extensive amount of time before the test.
Hope this helps.
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Pick a specific place to make your study place, so that your mind tells you that when you are seated there it is time to concentrate. Maybe use highlighters to highlight specific areas of the text using different colours for specific areas. If you have notes use the same colour system to file them in your books of binders. That way your mind will tell you about the area you have to remember being prompted by the colour. Don't have things like the tv going when you are trying to concentrate. If you really cant work go for a walk and try to clear your mind then get back to it.
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I got my nursing degree with a 3.9 GPA this way:
1. Take 2 sheets of paper. Mark one "Questions" and the other "Answers"
2. Read the paragraph and make up test questions based on the material and write it on the "Questions" page.Just as an simplistic example: "1. Number of bones in body?"
3.Write the answer on the "Answers" page; ex.; "1. 206"
Then after you have devised this study guide, use the "Questions' sheet to quiz yourself on the material. You will see that after several times, you can come up with the answers without referring to the " Answers" sheet.
3. Save the questions/answers for your finals, in case they are comprehensive.
4. Use mnemonics extensively.
Note: I think the act of thinking about the material you just read and actively condensing it into a question makes you understand and retain the knowledge better.Yes, this process seems time consuming, but you will have your review there when you need it.
Also, since material is dry, set short-term goals, like mastering 5 pages of text in 45 minutes. Then take a break. Set a timer, and get back to it. This stuff sounds hard, but set those goals.
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reading is way better the book helps to keep u thinking and you get more detail in what folks are thinking so you get more imagination
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I used music to focus my mind while doing homework. When you have ADHD your mind is constantly changing subject and while you have a main stream of thought you have as many as 30 sub-streams. or at least that's how many I've been able to count. I find that when I play music, more specifically music that I've heard many times before, all my sub-streams become that song thus allowing my main stream to be controlled easier because I already know whats coming in all of the sub streams.
This method move my 0 homework average of 2.1 up to a 2.98. I have no Idea what it will do for you.