Reading and Study Skills 13 9780073533315
Reading and Study Skills

Reading and Study Skills

Grade Levels: 13
By John Langan
Copyright: 2013
Publication Date: January 23, 2012
MHID: 0073533319
ISBN 13: 9780073533315

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New Features

In Part One, Motivational Skills now include a useful set of tips and strategies to help students develop self-motivation so that they can be more effective learners and participants in their everyday lives.

Media Links: This edition of Reading and Study Skills includes icons that link the text and its class-tested Online Learning Center. Each chapter in this edition features marginal icons that alert students to additional exercises and supplemental resources for the topic at hand. Learning Objectives/Visuals: A list of learning objectives and PowerPoint slides supplement each chapter of the textbook. Exploring and Writing Activities: Exercises encourage students to explore sites on the Web related to each chapter topic, and journal activities prompt students to write about what they have learned from a chapter. Interactive Quizzes: Multiple-choice questions reinforce comprehension of key concepts and skills. Additional Resources: Offerings include a learning styles assessment, a guide to the Internet, a guide avoiding plagiarism, a study skills primer, and more.

Inclusion of a revised full-length chapter from the introductory textbook Sociology: The Core, by Hughes and Kroehler, gives students extensive practice in reading, taking notes, and responding to exercises, understanding various graphics (such as tables and graphs), and taking study notes on a full-length chapter.

Helpful Learning Aids Accompany the Book: (1) An Instructor’s Edition (ISBN 0077426940) consists of the student text complete with answers to all activities and tests, followed by an Instructor’s Guide featuring teaching suggestions and a model syllabus. (2) An Online Learning Center ( offers a host of instructional aids and additional resources for instructors, including a comprehensive computerized test bank, a downloadable Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank, online resources for writing instructors, and more. (3) The online content of Reading and Study Skills is compatible with WebCT,, and Blackboard.

Two new readings: “Wired for Touch” and “A Door Swings Open” have been added to Part Six, offering a moving look at the importance of human touch to our everyday lives and an inside view of how one woman coped with a life-threatening illness.

Key Features

Flexible Format: Self-contained sections on reading and study skills within each of the eight parts of the book allow instructors to adjust the book to the needs of their students.

Comprehensive Exercises: A wide variety of activities allow students to practice reading and study skills.

Accessibility: The presentation of key skills as processes that can be mastered in a step-by-step sequence makes this text accessible and user-friendly.

Practice: A separate, full-length chapter from an introductory sociology textbook gives students practical experience in working with the kind of material they will encounter throughout their college career.

Profiles of Successful Students: Each of the eight parts opens with a profile of a student who has overcome obstacles to succeed in college and provides an inspiring example of the skill to be covered.

Motivational Skills: The opening chapter of Reading and Study Skills addresses motivation, attitude, and goal-setting as key elements of successful class work.

Realistic: It uses material taken from a variety of college textbooks and gives practice in common study situations. Students are asked to transfer skills to actual study and classroom activities.

Reading and Study Skills

Part One: Motivational Skills ••• Preview •••

Your Attitude: The Heart of the Matter •••

Setting Goals for Yourself •••

Learning Survival Strategies •••

Part Two: Study Skills ••• Preview •••

Taking Classroom Notes •••

Time Control and Concentration •••

Textbook Study I: The PRWR Study Method •••

Textbook Study II: Using PRWR •••

Textbook Study III: Applying PRWR to a Textbook Chapter •••

Building a Powerful Memory •••

Taking Objective Exams •••

Taking Essay Exams •••

Using Research Skills •••

Part Three: A Brief Guide to Important Word Skills ••• Preview •••

Using the Dictionary •••

Understanding Word Parts •••

Vocabulary Development •••

Part Four: Reading Comprehension Skills ••• Preview •••

Introduction •••

Ten Key Skills •••

Comprehension and Rapid Reading •••

Skill 1: Recognizing Definitions and Examples •••

Skill 2: Recognizing Enumerations •••

Skill 3: Recognizing Headings and Subheadings •••

Skill 4: Recognizing Signal Words •••

Skill 5: Recognizing Main Ideas in Paragraphs and Short Selections •••

Skill 6: Knowing How to Outline •••

Skill 7: Knowing How to Summarize •••

Skill 8: Understanding Graphs and Tables •••

Skill 9: Making Inferences •••

Skill 10: Thinking Critically •••

Part Five: Skim Reading and Comprehension ••• Preview ••• Introduction •••

How to Skim-Read •••

Selection 1: Visual Assertion •••

Selection 2: Science and the Search for Truth •••

Selection 3: The Nature of Power •••

Selection 4: Defense Mechanisms •••

Selection 5: Fatigue •••

Skim-Reading Progress Chart •••

Questions on the Skim-Reading Selections •••

Part Six: Rapid Reading and Comprehension ••• Preview •••

Introduction •••

Selection 1: From The Autobiography of Malcolm X •••

Selection 2: Learning to Keep Your Cool during Tests •••

Selection 3: Wired for Touch •••

Selection 4: The Scholarship Jacket •••

Selection 5: Dare to Think Big •••

Selection 6: Winning the Job Interview Game •••

Selection 7: A Door Swings Open •••

Selection 8: From Nonreading to Reading •••

Selection 9: The Certainty of Fear •••

Selection 10: What You Need to Know to Succeed at Math •••

Rapid Reading Progress Chart •••

Reading Rate Table •••

Part Seven: Mastery Tests ••• Preview •••

Motivational Skills •••

Taking Classroom Notes •••

Time Control and Concentration •••

Textbook Study I •••

Textbook Study II •••

Textbook Study III •••

Building a Powerful Memory •••

Taking Objective Exams •••

Taking Essay Exams •••

Taking Objective and Essay Exams •••

Using Research Skills •••

Using the Dictionary •••

Understanding Word Parts •••

Vocabulary Development •••

Definitions and Examples •••

Enumerations •••

Headings and Subheadings •••

Signal Words •••

Main Idea •••

Outlining •••

Summarizing •••

Understanding Graphs and Tables •••

Making Inferences •••

Thinking Critically •••

Skim Reading •••

Rapid Reading Passage •••

Part Eight: Additional Learning Skills ••• Preview ••• Studying Mathematics and Science •••

Reading Literature and Making Inferences •••

Reading for Pleasure: A List of Interesting Books •••

Writing Effectively •••

Acknowledgments •••

Index •••

About the Author

John Langan

John Langan has taught reading and writing at Atlantic Cape Community College near Atlantic City, New Jersey, for more than twenty-five years. The author of a popular series of college textbooks on both writing and reading, John enjoys the challenge of developing materials that teach skills in an especially clear and lively way. Before teaching, he earned advanced degrees in writing at Rutgers University and in reading at Rowan University. He also spent a year writing fiction that, he says, is now at the back of a drawer waiting to be discovered and acclaimed posthumously. While in school, he supported himself by working as a truck driver, a machinist, a battery assembler, a hospital attendant, and an apple packer. John now lives with his wife, Judith Nadell, near Philadelphia. In addition to his wife and Philly sports teams, his passions include reading and turning on nonreaders to the pleasure and power of books. Through Townsend Press, his educational publishing company, he has developed the nonprofit Townsend Library, a collection of more than a hundred new and classic stories.