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Highlighting

  When highlighting, try to avoid the “Picasso effect”: the habit of highlighting your textbook to death!

  Poor use of highlighting:

  Excessive highlighting is not a good way to emphasize important ideas in the text. In fact, many learning specialists believe that by highlighting too much, you simply are putting off learning as you “paint” the textbook with your favorite color.

  Instead, try using highlighting on key words or phrases only, or try highlighting only the parts of the text that don’t make sense. That way you can come back later and quickly identify the section on which you need to place additional effort.

Better use of highlighting:

Excessive highlighting is not a good way to emphasize important ideas in the text. In fact, many learning specialists believe that by highlighting too much, you simply are putting off learning as you “paint” the textbook with your favorite color.

Instead, try using highlighting on key words or phrases only, or try highlighting only the parts of the text that don’t make sense. That way you can come back later and quickly identify the section on which you need to place additional effort.

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