How to read the textbook and do well in this course?

 Wade & Tavris (1998) Suggest: -

1) Browse the book - Read Titles and outlines of chapters

Flip through and look at pictures, captions and bold words

2) Read a section and take a break, read another section and take a break, repeat.

(be ready to read each chapter more than once and plan ahead, make a

schedule for reading through parts of each chapter.

3) Read chapter Summary and Key Terms. Give your self a "pop" quiz. Do you know the words? If not, then look them up in the glossary at the end.

4) Go back a read the chapter again, perhaps taking notes or reciting aloud.

5) Then do the study guide exercises as you get ready for your exam.


 Another Method Commonly used is: SQ3R

Survey - Look over the chapter, getting a general sense of the information

Question - Start to ask questions about the material. Ask yourself about what is the book saying and about what you want to know more.

Read - The chapter trying to get good feel for what the material is all about. If you get stuck on terms, keep reading as you might find out more later on in the chapter.

Recite - Start to repeat important points, perhaps organising them into notes using an outline or summary format. You may wish to organise the information by using a mnemonic technique, as outlined in chapter 9 (chunking, loci-(memory walking)).

Review - Review your notes and the chapter, letting the key points settle in as you learn them become more clear. Perhaps you can get together with someone else to review, but remember that not everyone feels most comfortable with the various techniques.


Don't be afraid to look ahead in the course to the section on memory where you can learn mnemonic devices for helping you to remember more while writing exams.


Wade & Tavris (1998). Psychology (5th Edition). New York: Addison