1. Survey the chapter - how is it organized? what are the sub headings? what do the maps and images portray?
2. Start an outline, chart or web using the same organizational structure as de Blij.
3. Separate main ideas/analysis (commentary) from supporting data (concrete details)
4. Connect every detail to a main idea. Make sure your outline/chart/web shows this relationship.
5. Look up every unknown word or location and write a definition or description in the margin of the book.
6. Read through the chapter focusing on the main ideas. Update or rework the outline/chart/web as you go.
7. Repeat step 6 as many times as you need to based on your experience with these tests.
8. Talk to someone about the chapter focusing on the main ideas, things that you found interesting, things that you didn't know before.
9. Read through your outline/chart/web slowly, quietly and thoughtfully the morning of the test.
10. Kill the test!