Links to Useful Reading Sites

Links to Useful Reading Sites

Strategies for Textbook Comprehension

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This is great site for generally improving all the study skills students need for academic success, one of the best I’ve seen.
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This site offers a very clear explanation of SQ3R. Be sure, too, to check out the home page. This is a wonderful site with a page for every conceivable academic topic, from taking lecture notes to improving memory.
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I believe that knowing how to synthesize different sources into a meaningful unit or whole is one of the essentials skills of academic success. In my opinion, in fact, it is the backbone of all thoughtful research. If you are interested in understanding what it means to synthesize sources and in learning how to synthesize information for different purposes or assignments. please see this excellent website:

Specific Skills and Concepts

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Offers numerous cartoons about teachers and students, most of which can provide the basis for drawing inferences.
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Uses syllogisms to highlight the chain of reasoning involved in drawing conclusions.
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Offers a point-by-point explanation of when attribution is absolutely necessary and when it isn’t.
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This is an excellent link for learning how you can improve your listening skills. Unlike many other links, which tell you to pay attention (duh), this one tells you how to improve listening skills by learning how to pay attention, even when the subject matter is not of automatic interest. (The creators of this site would like users to be aware that all materials are copyrighted.)
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Paradoxes are statements that seem to be contradictory, but in fact make sense once you think about them. Interpreting them is a great critical reading exercise that will keep your mind sharp. Try your hand at the quiz on this site.
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Suggests that critical thinking should be presented in the context of responsible thinking as a way of helping students more readily understand the practical relevance of thinking critically.
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I believe that knowing how to synthesize different sources into a meaningful unit or whole is one of the essentials skills of academic success. In my opinion, in fact, it is the backbone of all thoughtful research. If you are interested in understanding what it means to synthesize sources and in learning how to synthesize information for different purposes or assignments, please see this excellent website.
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You can learn a lot about reading by thinking about how writers put thoughts into words. This is an excellent site for writing advice. But if you want to understand the function of transitions, the “transitions” document that you can open from this site is definitely worth checking out. It’s great because it lists many different transitional words and phrases but it also discusses the other ways writers use transitional material to help readers move smoothly and quickly from one idea to another.
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This site has some good information about how to go about doing academic work. It’s quite comprehensive and addresses, for instance, listening along with reading. It also describes the structure of academic writing within the context of journals, and that subject doesn’t normally get nearly enough attention. Don’t be put off by the fact that it is listed as a web site for ESL students. There is a lot here that could benefit native-speakers as well.