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Strategies for an Effective Reading Process: Annotating and Notetaking

Being able to annotate and take effective notes helps students actively engage with their texts and improve their reading comprehension. Faculty can use the following strategies to help students identify critical components of a reading, understand the content on a deeper level, and recall concepts for later use.

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Developing and using an annotation code

Annotating

Selective highlighting

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Summarizing annotations for notes

Structured notetaking

Using sticky notes for annotation and notetaking

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Using the Cornell Method