Suggestions for Textbook Annotation and Mark-up
Textbook annotation can help a person get the most out of reading a textbook by highlighting, note taking, and marking symbols in the book.
The following is a list of suggestions a person should do when reading textbooks:
- Highlight text to help locate important information. Studies have shown that text passages highlighted are more easily remembered than the same passages underlined.
- Use different color highlights to group different information (e.g. Orange for vocabulary words, green for rules, etc…)
- Do not over use highlighters – it will make it difficult to later determine what is important.
- Underline main points and important terms with a colored marker or pen to make them more recognizable. NOTE: Underlining is not as effective as highlighting therefore, just underline key terms and import words.
- Circle vocabulary words to draw attention to them.
- Use numbers and letters next to headings and sub-headings to help your mind organize the thoughts presented.
- Use Post-it Flags for quick reference.
Use of Margins
- Write short notes or paraphrase in the margins to help organize and condense the information.
- Mark symbols (*, ^, ß,P, etc…) in margins next to important sections
- Write key words and definitions in the margin.
- Place a “?” in margin where you need clarification of context.
- Indicate steps in a process by using numbers in the margin.