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A Challenging Combination

Imagine you face a challenging combinations of perspectives, such as when you have been assigned a thirty page chapter on isolationism vs. interventionism in U.S. foreign policy for a history course:

Student's Perspective:

You know little about the topic and you have other assignments but you want to excel in this class.

Professor's Perspective:

The reading provides new examples that you are expected to analyze based on a recent lecture.

Author's Perspective:

The reading has a complex thesis and
uses specialized terms for an expert audience.

How would you approach this challenging reading assignment?
Should you pass your eyes over the text once without a pen in hand?
Then try to write the response due in one last minute draft? Don't!

Instead return to the first page of this section for more successful reading techniques.