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Reflecting and Responding

Once you have reached the last page or sentence of a text, don't stop quite yet. Instead consider how will you demonstrate this comprehension to your professor.

  • If you are expected to pose questions during a lecture or discussion, take a few minutes to jot some down. What questions will demonstrate your knowledge?
  • If you are expected to gather information to supplement a lecture, fastwrite to answer: What facts seem to broaden your understanding?
  • If you are required to write a summary or analysis, review your "take" on the author's perspective and see Analyzing the Assignment and The Writing Process (especially "Identifying the Key Tasks").
  • If you want to learn not only to earn a "good grade" but also for more intrinsic reasons, fastwrite to answer: How does this reading relate to the rest of the course, your other courses, and/or your life?