Preview a longer text
So far you learned that Step 1 - previewing - is a very important step, and in the previous exercise you could practise this with a short text. But now it’s the moment to practise with a longer text!
You can teach yourself to not start reading and studying right away, but to preview your study material beforehand. 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 going to practise previewing with a longer text below.
- 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.
- If you don’t know what certain terms or words in the story mean, don’t worry, you don’t need to know.
- Set a timer for 1.5 minute (= 90 seconds). That’s how much time you’ll have to identify the subjects that will be discussed in the whole text!
- Ready, get set, preview!
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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