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Objective and review questions help students stay on focus as they read, so they are certainly desirable. However, even if they are present, it's possible that they do not emphasize the concepts or ideas you would choose. If the textbook does not include either objective or review questions, or you consider them off-target, create your own for students to use as they read. The questions should correspond to section headings and even page numbers where students need to pause and check their focus and comprehension before continuing with their reading.

Although this may sound like a lot of extra work for faculty, providing such questions, for at least the first two or three chapters of the semester, can get students into this important metacognitive reading habit. Students can also compose their own objective and review questions based on section headings.