The short answer to the question is… maybe, it depends. Not a yes or a no. That’s because should you highlight is not a simple question. Unless you are a marker addict of course, in which case the answer is an unequivocal yes.
Highlighting is a form of engaging with writing. It’s a particular kind of annotation. We read a text and mark out the things that we think are important. And highlighting what we think is important is only half of what we have to do.Highlighting a text is usually understood bythose who research it as three steps:
- Selecting text to highlight
- Organising the highlights into some kind of mental or material schema and
- Integrating what is highlighted into what is already known about the topic.
And here’s the rub. Unless you make it to step three then highlighting doesn’t actually help your comprehension of a topic…
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