High School

Marking Your Book

Marking up a book is a key to success in high school. So many times, students read through a book and then later have trouble locating quotes, setting, symbols, or even just answering questions on a quiz or test. By writing some key notes to oneself on the top or side of the page, the student typically remembers where the information is. If not, he or she can look at the short, hand-written notes, rather than re-reading the entire book, attempting to search for the answers. Marking up one’s book actually alleviates a lot of frustration and saves a ton of time in the long term! This sample is from the book The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Notice the comments written both at the top and the side of the pages. By utilizing this technique, the information gets imprinted on the brain as the student reads. The student also analyzes and makes connections as he or she reads. During midterms or finals, the story may not be fresh anymore; when the student needs to go back to the book to find out, for example, where the fish was harpooned, the page is easy to locate!