Annotating Texts


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A common concern about annotating texts: It takes time! 

Yes, it does, but that time isn’t lost—it’s invested. In return, your annotated notes will help speed up exam prep, because you can review critical concepts quickly and efficiently.

TIP: Try separating the reading and annotating processes— quickly read through a section of the text first, then go back and annotate.


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References: 
Nist, S., & Holschuh, J. (2000). Active learning: strategies for college success. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 202-218.
Simpson, M., & Nist, S. (1990). Textbook annotation: An effective and efficient study strategy for college students. Journal of Reading, 34: 122-129.
*Example annotations use excerpts from: Press, F. (2004). Understanding earth (4th ed). New York: W.H. Freeman. 208-210.