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Hit the books more effectively -- and get more A's -- with these study tips.
You Will Need
- Pen and paper
- Analytical skills
- Organizational skills
- Who, what, why, when, where, and how questions (optional)
Scan the text
Scan the text and make notes on paper. Read closely to absorb the author’s tone and central ideas, and then comb back through to clarify points.
Outline the idea
Outline the main idea of each section in your own words. Include only meaningful details and proofs, organizing them from most to least important.
Develop your thesis
Develop a thesis, summarizing the main points of the piece. Be sure to include the author’s name and the title of the work right away.
Arrange the information to clearly support the author's points, adding details to each section. Improve the flow of ideas with transitions that connect sections.
Be sure that sources are cited properly. Paraphrase and don’t use the author’s words if you can help it. Make sure you haven’t wandered off topic.
Make final corrections
Correct your grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Dignify your work and that of your subject’s with the care good scholarship demands.
Ask for criticism
Ask a hyper-critical friend to read your work. Be receptive and not over-sensitive – if they can’t identify your main points, you need to revise.