Tips for Underlining Text in a Textbook





Guides for Underlining

  1. Read an entire section first.
  2. Do not underline too much.
  3. Select information you want to learn to make into notes.
  4. Make major points stand out clearly.
    • Use numbers
    • Use double underlining
    • Use stars
  5. Make notes in the margins.
    • Use key words
    • Use brief summaries
    • Write questions if you do not understand something, so you can return to that section
  6. Realize that introductions rarely contain material that needs to be underlined.
  7. Turn major headings and sub-headings into questions.
    • Underline the condensed answer
    • Answers may include information in:
      • Topic sentences
      • Words printed in special type
      • Numbered lists
    • Pay attention to and be aware of words of transition, introduction, conclusion, and definition (such as accordingly, since, then, of course, but, yet, more important, likewise, besides, for these reasons, subsequently, afterwards, that is, that means, etc.).
      • You should see major facts in an outline form
  8. Use brackets when several lines are important to underline.
  9. Use numbers when a series of ideas are important.
  10. Place a question mark beside unclear sections of information.
  11. Write down questions that you have for the professor in your class notebook.


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