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  • How to take charge of your readings and textbooks?

    Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

    cedars.hku.hk/studysmart

  • Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

    cedars.hku.hk/studysmart

    Test Yourself

    YES or NO

    I find it hard to have an overall picture about what I read.

    I find it hard to identify the key concepts in texts.

    As I read, my mind wanders.

    I had a feeling that I did not learn much even after extensive readings.

  • 4 Steps to Improve Your Reading Efficiency

    Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

    cedars.hku.hk/studysmart

    SurveyingQuestioningReadingReviewing

  • Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

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    Surveying is to have a broad overview of the academic materials so as to obtain a general understanding towards the topic concerned.

    1. Surveying

    Pay special attention to:

    - title, headings, and subheadings- topic sentences of the paragraphs- graphs, figures, and pictures- outline, introduction, concluding remarks, and summary

    title

    heading

    outlines

    summary

    pictures

  • Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

    cedars.hku.hk/studysmart

    Checkpoint 1

    Select a chapter from your textbook and survey. Write down the key concepts of the chapter.

  • Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

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    2. Questioning

    After surveying, you should have a general idea about what the academic material is about. Then prepare for some serious readings by generating a list of questions. These questions are useful for identifying key points in your readings.

    Here is a list of generic question stems that can help you get started with:

    - How are and similar/different?- What are the strengths and weaknesses of ?- What are the implications of ?- Why is important?- How does link with what I learned before?- How does contradict from what I learned before?

  • Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

    cedars.hku.hk/studysmart

    Checkpoint 2

    Generate some questions that can assist you read through the chapter.

  • Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

    cedars.hku.hk/studysmart

    3. Reading

    Active Reading

    As you read actively, try to:- Immerse yourself in what the author tries to convey- Identify the main ideas and locate supporting arguments- Construct the meaning by linking it to your previous knowledge or experience

    Analytic Reading

    Analytic reading involves pondering on what you read at a deeper level. On top of the questions you listed, you can also ask yourself:- Do I agree with what the author said?- Is there any flaw with the writers logic?- How am I going to apply this to what I am learning?

  • Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

    cedars.hku.hk/studysmart

    4. Reviewing

    After you read the academic materials, it is important for you to consolidate what you learn. Reviewing helps you to remember the main points easier as they stand out clearly. You may also test yourself on your own comprehension.

    Consolidate what you learn by:- Taking Good Notes- Using Diagrams

  • Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

    cedars.hku.hk/studysmart

    Using Diagrams to Facilitate Reviewing

    (i) Organizing Academic Materials using Concept Maps Example:

    Psychology

    Educational

    Social

    Health

    Personality

    Clinical

    Freud

    Jung

    Erikson

    Health behaviors & beliefs

    Stress & coping

    Motivation Student diversity

    Assessment

    Group dynamics

    Aggression

    Psychopathology

    Anxiety disorders

    Mood disorders

  • Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

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    (ii) Comparing Similarities and Differences using Venn Diagrams

    Unique feature of ACommon features of A & B

    Unique feature of B

  • Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

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    (iii) Organizing Academic Materials with Hierarchical Structure using Tree Diagrams

    Example:

    Carbohydrates

    Monosaccharides

    Glucose Galactose Fructose

    Disaccharides

    Sucrose Lactose Maltose

    Polysaccharides

    Glyocogen Cellulose Amylose

  • Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

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    Checkpoint 3

    Use one of the diagrams above to help you review a chapter of the textbook.

  • Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

    cedars.hku.hk/studysmart

    Recap

    4 Steps to Improve Your Reading Efficiency- Surveying- Questioning- Reading- Reviewing

    Using Generic Question Stems to Facilitate Reading- How are and similar/different?- What are the strengths and weaknesses of ?- What are the implications of ?- Why is important?- How does link with what I learned before?- How does contradict from what I learned before?

    Using Diagrams to Facilitate Reviewing- Organizing academic materials using concept maps- Comparing similarities and differences using Venn diagrams- Organizing academic materials with hierarchical structure using tree diagrams

  • Further information:

    Study tips compiled by CEDARS - Counselling and Person Enrichmenthttp://w3.cedars.hku.hk/counselling

    FAQ Videos for Successful University Lifehttp://wp.cedars.hku.hk/web/faqvideos/

    Study SmartSkills that you need for academic success

    Counselling and Person Enrichment Section, Centre of Development and Resources for Students, The University of Hong Kong

    cedars.hku.hk/studysmart