A Reverse Outline is a note-taking techniue that will help you to stay active an


A Reverse Outline is a note-taking techniue that will help you to stay active and focused as you read. It will also help you remember what you have read (taking notes always does, studies show).
Before you begin reading, look over the organization of the reading and count the number of paragraphs. For example, Berger’s essay has 11 paragraphs. List the number of paragraphs, like this:
Peter Berger: Inviation to Sociolo 1.
2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
As you are reading, aer each paragraph ask yourself, “What is the main point of that paragraph?” Write down the main point or points. You do not have to use full sentences. For example:
Peter Berger: Inviation to Sociolo
1. Sociologists are interested in everything that people do, where they go, their history, what they care about and believe
in, and everything else that makes up “society.”


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