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Tips to Using Your Textbook
  • Read the table of contents. You will likely see the same topics appear in an upper level book as in a beginner book. If you're having difficulty with a concept, review it in a beginner level book.
  • Read the preface. You can get insight into the Author's intentions, emphasis, and arrangement of the textbook.
  • Skim the assigned chapter before attending class and again after.
  • Look for diagrams that will help you to picture the concept.
  • Find that main idea for each section. This may very well be expressed as a formula.
  • Find the problems showing how to apply the concepts. Try to do the example problems in the text.
  • Glance ahead in the book to see how something new will be applied later.
  • Get an overall picture. Since these subjects tend to build concept upon concept, you need to see how to add newly learned material into the larger context of the topic, textbook, and subject.
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Friends 5 (5%)
Other 13 (14%)
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