An alarm clock with the text "15 seconds!"
15 seconds

Preview a very short text

In the previous video you learned that Step 1, previewing your study material, is a very important step. And that’s why we are going to do an assignment to practise that skill.

A preview gives you an overview of the material before you actually start studying. Just remember: You don’t need to understand the material at the previewing stage.


You are now going to practise previewing with the text below (“Decision-making Processes”).

  1. Make sure you have a blank sheet of paper at hand so you can jot down any words from the text that you think are important.
  2. Set a timer for 15 seconds: That’s how much time you’ll have to identify the subjects that will be discussed in the whole text, so make sure that you stop after the alarm goes off.
  3. Now open the attachment and ready, set, preview!

Good luck!

In the following video you can see how our students got on and we’ll show you an example of a good preview.

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