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Why Do Assigned Readings Before Class?

Ideally, you read assignments with care before every class session. Sometimes this proves impossible, however. In those instances, skimming assigned textbook chapters or articles shortly before class may provide a viable alternative. (Having a study space on campus will help with this.) Use the format of the text to help you. Many texts highlight significant concepts and provide study questions; both may clarify not only your reading, but that day’s class discussion.

As you do assigned reading, flag important points right in the article or textbook. You may find it helpful to bring the annotated document or text to class with you. Having it at hand, may help you shine in class discussions, as well as prepare for tests. As one student commented, "I usually would read the chapters in the book ---and while I was reading the chapter I would take notes. So by the time it would come to the test, like the day before or two days before, I would just review my notes."

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