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Essential Study Skills, Fifth Edition
Linda Wong
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Chapter 8: Strengthening Comprehension

Annotating Your Textbook

Mark Your Text
"Think of this process as having a dialogue with a text." Learn techniques for marking and examine examples of annotated text.
http://www.csupomona.edu/~lrc/crsp/handouts/marking_textbook.html

Marking and Underlining
Use these basic strategies to mark and underline your textbooks.
http://www.studygs.net/marking.htm

Underlining Effectively
This website provides you with five easy steps for underlining your textbooks.
http://www.ncstatecollege.edu/STUDENTSVCS/SSC/UNDERLININGEFFECTIVELY.htm


Comprehension

General Purpose Learning Strategies
This comprehensive web site (86 pages) provides extensive information about reading comprehension.  Links to topics include: purposes and advantages of reading comprehension strategies, specific strategies, metacognitive behaviors of good/poor readers, reasons for lack of comprehension, troubleshooting and more.
http://www.muskingum.edu/~cal/database/general/reading.html

Increase Reading Efficiency: Rate and Comprehension
In addition to a daily improvement program designed to improve reading efficiency, you will learn about speed reading myths and related topics.
www.cla.purdue.edu/asc/studentsupport/handouts/reading_efficiency.pdf

Effective Reading
This reading module helps you increase your reading speed and efficiency. Practice the reading techniques on this website and quiz yourself. Topics include pacing yourself, reading for a purpose, and more.
http://www.jcu.edu.au/studying/services/studyskills/effreading/

Context Clues
Learn strategies for using synonyms, antonyms, explanations, and examples as context clues. This site includes a practice exercise with an answer key.
http://www.csupomona.edu/~lrc/crsp/handouts/context_clues.html

Recognizing Transitions or Signal Words
Use transition or signal words to improve your comprehension. These words explain or change the relationship between words, phrases, sentences, and ideas. This site includes practice exercises.
http://www.csupomona.edu/~lrc/crsp/handouts/recognizing_words.html

Understanding Basic Patterns for Organizing Information
Understanding organizational patterns helps you follow the author's sequence of ideas and helps you improve your comprehension. In addition to learning about kinds of organizational patterns and signal words for the various patterns, you can apply these skills to practice exercises.
http://www.csupomona.edu/~lrc/crsp/handouts/recognizing_words2.html

Learning Strategies Database: Content-Specific
Select specific content areas to learn strategies for improving reading and study skills for various subjects. Topics include Accounting, Anthropology, Biology, Computer Science, Foreign Language, Math, Psychology, and many more.
http://www.muskingum.edu/~cal/database/content/


Greek and Latin Word Parts

Greek Roots and Prefixes
Study the easy-to-read charts to learn the meanings of many common Greek prefixes and roots. 
http://library.thinkquest.org/17500/data/infobar/greek.html

Latin and Greek Roots
Use the flash cards on this site to learn the meanings of common Greek and Latin roots.  You can then play concentration and other games to practice the roots.
http://www.quia.com/fc/8259.html

Latin & Greek Roots Index
An alphabetical index helps you locate quickly Greek and Latin roots and their English translations.  Use this site to learn meanings of many words derived from Greek and Latin roots and affixes.
http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/courses.hp/zool250/Roots/RootsMain.htm

Latin Roots and Prefixes
Roots can help you learn vocabulary more easily and efficiently.  Learn the meanings of the Latin prefixes and roots on these easy-to-read charts.
http://library.thinkquest.org/17500/data/infobar/latin.html

Minimal Greek Elements-
Learn the 102 Greek elements that all English speakers and readers should know for adequate understanding of thousands of English words that are used frequently.
http://www.lexfiles.com/basic-grk-a-l.html


Vocabulary

A Word A Day
Begin building your vocabulary by learning a word a day!  You can also view words in the archives.
http://www.wordsmith.org/awad/index.html

Etymological Theory
Learn how words are created and meanings are derived.  This site also has links to  Latin prefixes, Greek affixes, a word authenticator, a glossary, and a bibliography.
http://www.takeourword.com/theory.html

Tips for Improving Vocabulary
Learn strategies to increase your vocabulary: context, glossary, dictionary, word structure, and reading.
http://www.rio.maricopa.edu/distance_learning/tutorials/study/vocabulary.shtml

Thirteen Easy Ways to Increase Your Vocabular
These thirteen easy-to-use-strategies include reading, word origins, context clues, vocabulary flashcards, goals, puzzles, and more. This site includes links to interesting vocabulary development websites.
http://www.niagara.edu/oas/lc/Study%20&%20Reading%20Strategies/13_easy_ways_to_increase_your_vocabulary.htm

Vocabulary: An Ongoing Process
Learn about the typical development of vocabulary and strategies you can use to increase your vocabulary.
http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/vocabula.html



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