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  • Textbook.
  • Notebook/paper/laptop.
  • Highlighter.
  • Pencil.
  • Quiet area without distractions.


  1. Read the chapter summary first.  This will outline the main ideas and concepts in the chapter. 
  2.  Review the questions and key terms at the end of the chapter.  As you read through the chapter, look for the answers to these questions and the key terms.
  3. Read the chapter introduction.   This will give you the main idea covered in the chapter.
  4. Pay close attention to the titles and subtitles of each section.  Turn the title into a question to help you remember the main ideas.
  5. Review pictures, charts and lists throughout the chapter.  These can provide a visual aid and help with understanding the main ideas.
  6. Focus on the first sentence of each paragraph as it often contains the most important information.
  7. Read the chapter slowly and carefully. 
  8. Take notes and highlight as you read.
  9. Summarize:  What were the main ideas?
  10. Answer the questions at the end of the chapter.