Highlighter Use Highlighting - Dunwoody College of Technology

Highlighter Use Highlighting - Dunwoody College of Technology
• Purpose of Highlighting
• Highlighting Textbooks
• Highlighting Research
• Things to remember
• Highlighting to study
Elftmann Student
Success Center
Highlighting can be a very effective way to both digest and
review material.
What is the purpose of highlighting?
The purpose of highlighting is to draw attention to important
information in a text. Effective highlighting is effective because it first
asks the reader to pick out the important parts, and then gives an
effective way to review that information later. What those important
parts exactly are is directly related to what the reader is reading for.
What is the best way to highlight in my textbook?
Technical college texts require a slower reading pace than many other
reading formats. When reading textbooks, the purpose is usually to
find the main idea. Use these strategies to help you find and highlight
the main idea:
•Read the bold print heading and change it into a question.
When you find the answer, highlight it.
•Read one paragraph and stop. Ask yourself: What do I need to
remember? Highlight this answer.
•Highlight the key words that indicate the main idea. Usually, these
key words repeat throughout the section.
•When all of the highlighted words are read alone, a key idea of the
reading is stated.
You should be able to read only the highlighted words and the words
will make sense.
•After highlighting one paragraph, think of one word – or “bullet”
-- that summarizes the content and write it in the margin. A
bullet is a single word summary written in the margin of
each paragraph.
•Continue the process for each paragraph in the section.
•After highlighting the section:
•Read the highlighted words alone. Do they make sense?
•Read the “bullet” words you have written in the margin. Do
they represent the key ideas?
What is the best way to highlight my research?
As you conduct research for a writing assignment, what you read
for changes to details like statistics, dates, quotes, and percentages.
Change your highlighting strategy to meet that purpose:
Use colors of ink to indicate different ideas
•Yellow – main idea cover the word in wide tip
•Blue – detail underline 1-3 words
•Red – examples
Use shapes indicate importance of ideas
•Circle – important understanding; “ah-ha”
•Box – mentioned in lecture
•Wavy Line – example
How can I use highlighting to study?
•Write a summary statement or paragraph of the key ideas.
•Use the bullet words to make a checklist of important ideas.
•Use the bullet words to make a self-test for review.
•Recite your highlighting or bullet notes in complete sentences
without looking
•Draw attention to information in the charts, photographs,
and side-bars.
•Review your highlighting regularly. This fits in easily when you
have just a few minutes to spare, like as you wait for class to start
or on the bus ride home.
Is there anything else I should remember when highlighting?
There are a few general rules that apply to all highlighting situations.
Keep in mind that failure to follow these general rules usually makes
your highlighting ineffective.
•Highlight no more than three words in a row.
•The highlighting feature is also effective on electronic sources.
Popular programs like Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat offer
highlighting text.
•A maximum of 1/3 of the page should be highlighted.
•Develop your own personal system of highlighting, and use it
consistently. For example, choose one color to always highlight
the main idea in every reading. The pattern will be easier for your
brain to follow.
Illustration of Highlighting
The word pixel is derived from the phrase “picture element.” A pixel is the
smallest graphic element to which an image can be reduced. The atom
of the digital image, so to speak. Every bitmap image, whether generated
on a digital camera or digitized on a scanner, is nothing more than a
collection of pixels.
Rivard, Pete. (2006). Digital Color Correction. Clifton Park, NY: Thomson
Delmar Learning.
•McWhorter, Kathleen. (2010). College reading and study skills.
11th ed. Boston: Pearson Longman.
•Wong, Linda. (2009). Essential study skills. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company
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Elftmann Student Success Center | Dunwoody College of Technology
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