Learning Strategy 22: How to Use a Book 

Robert Harris
Version Date: November 11, 2015

Description

Wait--shouldn't the title say, How to Read a Book? No, this is about using a book--manhandling it and getting it to confess--while you read.

Method for Print Books

1. Get an overview of the reading assignment or the book itself.

2. Get some metainformation about the book. Metainformation is simply information about information. In the case of a book, this includes:
Metainformation reveals the cultural status of the book, which often aligns with its quality. However, if the subject or the author's position is controversial, then the book's metainfo is likely to be very skewed, and a book either highly praised or condemned might be because the reviewer doesn't like the book's argument or conclusions. Metainformation often includes the names of other books on the subject or rebuttals to the book's arguments. If the book you are to use discusses controversial subject matter, then look up the controversy:
3. Read. Use these strategies.

4. If you own the book, use Annotation Techniques.

5. Make a super book. Trim paper to the book page size and paste in extra pages that include:

High Performance Learning

Remember that as you read, you do not have to believe everything you read, nor do you have to reject it. Simply file the knowledge claims (the statements that the author asserts as true) in your mind as "this is what is claimed to be true." As you later gain more knowledge, you will at some point probably be able to move the statement from Claimed to True or to False.




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Robert Harris is a writer and educator with more than 25 years of teaching experience at the college and university level. RHarris at virtualsalt.com