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Learning Portal - Study Skills : Reading and Note-Taking

Reading & Note-taking

In a college program, there is a lot of material to learn and understand. Whether you are trying to absorb information in class or trying to understand the material in your textbook, study techniques can make learning easier. 

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Top Tips 

✓ Make use of class time AND textbooks. Read the assigned reading before class to help you understand the lecture, and/or read it after class to fill in anything you missed during the lecture.

✓ Ask questions. Clarify anything you have questions about while you have the opportunity so that you don’t record it incorrectly.

✓ Remember your eText. If you have an eText, you can take notes using built-in tools, and you can have the textbook with you during class whenever you need it.

✓ Monitor battery life. Make sure your laptop or tablet has enough power to get you through the class. You don’t want to lose notes because your battery has died. Also, if you're taking digital notes, save often or turn on autosave!


Unless otherwise stated, the material in this guide is from the Learning Portal created by College Libraries Ontario. Content has been adapted for the GPRC Learning Commons in June 2021. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons BY NC SA 4.0 International License.

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