techniques
Craig Stroupe | Associate Professor of Information Design | Department of Writng Studies | 1201 Ordean Court # 420 | University of Minnesota Duluth | Duluth, MN 55812 | 218-726-6249 | fax 218-726-6882 | cstroupe@d.umn.edu

Active Reading

1. Mark terms, phrases, and passages that seem important or interesting, especially if they are relevant to answering any reading questions provided.

2. Write a question mark in the margin where the author seems to be saying something important that you don't understand, or that seems wrong or backward.

3. Write notes (a word or two might be enough) to yourself in the margins when you think of examples or other connected or explanatory ideas.

4. Indictate connections between what the author says on different pages of the reading by writing the page number to jump to: something like "see 59" in the margin on page 63 so you can find the connection later.

5. If you see apparent contradictions between statements on different pages, connect them by writing "see 59?" in the margin to point to the contradictory passage's page number.