Carnegie Mellon University

Student Academic Success Center

Office of the Vice Provost for Education

I have trouble reading my textbooks, as they seem too dense or technical.

Step 2: Identify possible reasons for the problem you have selected.

To find the most effective strategies, select the reason that best describes your situation, keeping in mind there may be multiple relevant reasons.

Many people ask: why read the textbook? Textbooks can sometimes be dense or technical; however, they also give a different point of view, more examples, in depth information, helpful explanations, and pictures and diagrams. Therefore, when textbook readings are assigned, it’s a good idea to read the material.

I don’t know how to use effective textbook reading strategies.

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