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Reading a textbook or a technical article can be challenging. Many readers start from the beginning and read through to the end. This may seem to be the logical way to read, but it is actually ineffective. This lesson will teach you how to tackle a textbook chapter or a magazine article. You’ll learn how to develop an overview of the material using information you find on the page and how to use the chapter’s or article’s organization to help you predict content and make connections. You’ll also find out just how much information you can gather from reading the introduction, conclusion, and topic sentences. Finally, you will discover how much deeper your comprehension can be when you preread and annotate the text as you read.