Links to Useful Reading Sites

Strategies for Textbook Comprehension

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Study and Learning Strategies

Professor Carolyn Hopper, author of Practicing College Learning Strategies, has a wonderful web site that can provide you with concrete tips for developing a wide variety of absolutely essential study skills that will serve you in and out of school.

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Steps in SQ3R

This site offers a very clear explanation of SQ3R. Be sure, too, to check out the home page. This is a wonderful site with a page for every conceivable academic topic, from taking lecture notes to improving memory.

Specific Skills and Concepts

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Understanding paradoxes

Paradoxes are statements that seem to be contradictory, but in fact make sense once you think about them. Interpreting them is a great critical reading exercise that will keep your mind sharp. Try your hand at the quiz on this site.

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Learning responsible thinking

Suggests that critical thinking should be presented in the context of responsible thinking as a way of helping students more readily understand the practical relevance of thinking critically.

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Learning how to synthesize

I believe that knowing how to synthesize different sources into a meaningful unit or whole is one of the essentials skills of academic success. In my opinion, in fact, it is the backbone of all thoughtful research. If you are interested in understanding what it means to synthesize sources and in learning how to synthesize information for different purposes or assignments, please see this excellent website.

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Tips on note-taking

Cal Newport, the author of How to Be a High School Superstar, has some really smart things to say about how to be a high-achiever in school, and he ought to know: He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth. Don't be fooled by the title of his book. What he says on the web site applies to students of all ages.

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Interrogating Texts

This is an extremely useful summary of the kinds of steps critical readers engage in.

Reading and Writing on the Web

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Study and Learning Strategies

If your students are fairly good readers, they would definitely benefit from a look at this guide to web research.


Last change made to this page: July 4, 2016