Video title: How to Read Your Textbooks More Efficiently - College Info Geek
Topic(s): Reading, active reading
Search terms: video college info geek textbook
Time (of video): 7:30
Posted by: Thomas Frank
Date posted: November 20, 2014
Video description: Tips and techniques for getting the most out of reading college textbooks.
Question/writing prompt to discuss: What are the three specific tips presented in the video?
Show the beginning of the video until 1:00. This gives an overview of what will be presented. For all of the following activities, have students bring in a book and syllabus from another course.
1. Understanding Class Assessments Objective: Students learn to evaluate assessments to guide course reading.
Show the video from 1:00 to 3:00. This portion of the video is on the importance of students understanding how they will be assessed.
- Students should go through the syllabus they brought to class and determine how they are assessed, which is likely to be through a combination of multiple types of assessments. Therefore, students need to determine which assessment focuses on the reading.
- Students need to consider how they should adjust their reading.
2. Reading College Textbooks Objective: Students understand how to read for application.
Show the video from 3:00 to 4:01. This portion of the video focuses on how to read.
- Ask students to identify how to read and how not to read a college textbook according to the video. Explain what the narrator means when he discusses how college reading is reading for application rather than for getting the gist.
- Allow students time to practice reading using the assignment they brought to class.
- Students should report on how they read the textbook. Were they more engaged?
3. Conquering Reading Assignments Objective: Students learn to read college textbooks effectively.
Show the video from 4:01 until the end.
- Ask students to name the tips that are provided for conquering college reading assignments.
- Allow students more class time to practice reading and to take notes on what they read.
- Encourage students to pay special attention to their reading assignments in the coming days and to be prepared to discuss their experiences in the next class.