Approach of a Liberal Humanist

According to Peter Barry

Survey — Glance over the headings in the chapter to see the main points that will be developed. Look at pictures, graphs, charts, etc. Make guesses as to what the chapter is about and make a survey of yourself to determine what you already know about the subject.

Questions — Prepare some questions yourself, some things you want to find out from what you are reading. You are encouraged to watch for details and the questioning helps you to pay close attention and to concentrate better.

Read — Read to answer the questions prepared by you. Reading is not passive plodding along each line, each word, but an active search for an answer. You now have the purpose of reading.

Recall — Try briefly to recall the answer to your questions. Use your own words and try to include an example. Put down your rephrased ideas.

Review — When the lesson has been completely read, look over your own notes and check your memory as to the content by recalling major subheadings under each heading. This step overcomes forgetting and should be a planned part of each study period.

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