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Boil-Downs are a method of taking notes from the textbook, which many students prefer to outlining.  I like it because it forces the information through your brain, and adheres to the theory that your brain can only do one thing really well at a time.

It also prevents students from copying down the whole section.  The object is to identify the most important information from each section.

Use the Section Goal Questions at the beginning of each section as guide to what's important.


  1. Read the textbook section assigned.
  2. Close the book.
  3. BOIL-DOWN:  Write down, in paragraph form, all the important information you remember.
  4. Stop writing.
  5. Reread the section (scanning is OK), searching for important information you might have missed.
  6. Close the book again.
  7. Go back to your Boil-Down paragraph, and insert any important information you may have missed the first time.


Not sure if you got the important facts?  See if you can answer the Section Goal Questions based on your Boil-Down.


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