How to work with the text
There are three steps to follow:
- Read carefully the text and write down questions about
everything that is not clear.
Record the subsection (and the page number) which was the source of difficulty.
By the time you finish the reading, you will have the answers
for some of the questions.
- Read again the same portion of text. Write down
a very brief summary -
2 - 3 sentences, or an itemized list (detailed contents)
for each section or a group of sections/subsections.
This will help you organize better the new concepts and relate them to
what you already know.
During the second reading your understanding of the material
will improve very much,
and maybe the number of your questions
will be reduced.
If you have any doubts about the answers you have found,
write down these doubts too.
- Do the exercises at the end of the chapter. Some of the exercises have answers -
check the answers and write down any questions you may have about the solutions.
As a minimum you should do at least half of the exercises.
In class, look for the answers of your questions. Read again the text after class and
if something has remained unclear, send me you questions by e-mail, or come and ask me in person.