How to Annotate

Annotating is a skill that most high schoolers and college students need to know. While this is a skill that may be more challenging to master in comparison with others, it is necessary in high school and college. This post will help you to learn the ropes!

1. Have a Key

Having a key is incredibly convenient in order to keep track of your highlighter colors and symbols when annotating. You can mark the page and easily turn back to it so that it is easy for you to remember what everything means. Here’s an example of my key from annotating the book “Fahrenheit 451.”

2. Don’t Focus on the Color Scheme

I don’t know about you, but I tend to focus on the color scheme a lot more than I should. You shouldn’t focus on how the page looks, as much as what you get out of it. Sometimes, colors won’t match up, and that’s okay. They don’t have to! Below is a picture of one of my pages that I didn’t really like the color scheme of.

3. Read First, Annotate Later

When annotating, you should read the assigned book before you go through and mark it up. Not only because the extra words and highlights might be distracting, but because when you read first, you understand more from the book. When you return to the beginning and highlight, you also uncover more than you may have noticed before.

3. Don’t Overdo It

It is way too easy to get highlighter happy while annotating. Believe it or not, annotating a book too heavily an make it confusing and difficult to follow. You only want to highlight a few sentences that really stick out at you. If nothing catches your attention on a page, write that in the margin. You don’t want to do this on more than a few pages, though. I recommend having something in your key that points out figurative language or something that occurs frequently in the book so that you don’t have many blank pages.

So, now you know my top tips for annotating books. While some books might be a bit more challenging than others, I’m sure you’ll get the hang of them as well. I’ll talk to you guys next week!

Keep Smiling,

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