How to Outline a Chapter in a Textbook

A lot of the people at my school ask how I study for certain tests and quizzes. Since I shared my tips with them, I thought I would share my tips with you guys, too! I'm only going to share one tip with you guys today though, and that's how to outline a chapter in a textbook.

My history class is extremely difficult. The best way to study for my teacher's tests in that class is to outline the chapter and study from the outline. Chapters in the textbook I have for that class aren't broken up into different sections; it's just roughly 30-page chapters with little subtitles. I like to get the outline done right when we start the chapter so I can start studying in advance.

This is what my history textbook looks like. As you can see, it's just straight chapters. The green headlines, which you can see if you click on the picture, are the subtitles in the chapter.

This is what my history outlines typically look like. I print them on recycled paper because they tend to be eight or more pages. But now let's get to the goods on how to outline a history chapter.

How to Outline a Chapter in a Textbook
1. Write the chapter and class at the top of the page for organizational purposes.
2. Make each subtitle bold and number them with Roman numerals, which I didn't do on this outline.
3. Write the most important information from each subtitle. Stay away from writing too much because it will take you forever, and you'll end up including a lot more information than necessary.
4. Use capital letters for bullets and then numbers for bullets under the first bullets. (I also happened to not do that on this outline.)

Do you outline chapters in textbooks? If so, how do you do it?

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!

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  1. Your study tips are so helpful! Thank you SOOO much for sharing!! :D

  2. This will help me so much in my healthcare class this semester

  3. I do this as well - usually I do it handwritten but I like how it looks clean, polished and organized typed out as well. If I type it I tend to end up writing additional notes and/or highlighting information.