Highlighting can be an effective study tool — if done strategically! This handout offers a few tips on using highlighters.
|Highlighting Pros||Highlighting Cons|
|Helps isolate important facts||Over-highlighting text sharply reduces any benefits|
|Can keep you actively engaged while reading, if you highlight selectively||Little evidence that highlighting benefits long-term retention|
|Beneficial if you already have good comprehension of material||Doesn’t lead to making inferences or connections between ideas|
|Beneficial only if you do the highlighting yourself. Little to no benefit if you read text highlighted by someone else.||Prevents you from using more effective learning strategies, such as Practice Testing and Distributed Practice.|
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