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    Default Do you highlight and mark in reference books?

    Just a random one - kind of related to how you study.

    Do you actually mark your books - like highlight text or write in the margin, underline, etc?

    I only ask as tech/IT books are difficult at times to just read - like you traditionally do as there's terminology, jargon, code, references and all of that. So naturally marking the book may help.

    So, do you... what's your technique?
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    I always do it and only if I own the book myself. This is part of the reason why i don't like eBooks. I can't highlight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberCop123 View Post
    Just a random one - kind of related to how you study.

    Do you actually mark your books - like highlight text or write in the margin, underline, etc?

    I only ask as tech/IT books are difficult at times to just read - like you traditionally do as there's terminology, jargon, code, references and all of that. So naturally marking the book may help.

    So, do you... what's your technique?
    mark in books???? Who does that???? That brings the value of the book down.... because if you want to sell it later it has to be in crisp condition!!!!!

    Kidding.... its friday.

    To Answer your question I mark up my books with a highlighter AND a pen...I mainly underline and highlight what I underline....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Remedymp View Post
    I always do it and only if I own the book myself. This is part of the reason why i don't like eBooks. I can't highlight.
    Technically you can... it depends on what you want to use to read the book. Use Adobe digital editions for your ebooks...

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    Only for errata. I don't know a way to fix errata in a pdf and I wish I did, especially for programming books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ITSpectre View Post
    mark in books???? Who does that???? That brings the value of the book down.... because if you want to sell it later it has to be in crisp condition!!!!!
    I agree. It's going to be hard to sell my MCSE NT 4.0 books (never took an exam) with all that highlighter in it. People just don't find the value in marked up books. Now, my Windows 2000 books are on the market in pristine condition. I guess people are just really picky when it comes to the condition.


    I do highlight my books. For things to focus on when skimming the book closer to the exam. Pick up on things that I struggle with. Or little things where the author or someone said "Remember this, it'll be on the exam!".
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    I take notes in a notebook. The only time I've ever underlined a book was in a business law class when the professor suggested that we do it.

    The only exception I make is I will go through the errata and one line the typos and write in the correct information.

    On the subject of updating PDFs with errata, I believe if you buy through CiscoPress/pearsonitcertification they will generate/regenerate the ebook/PDF with the latest corrections to it each time you download it if there have been changes since the last time you downloaded it.
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    Since I have switched to ebooks completely (not enough room in my house for all of the books), I copy and paste relevant sections into Word files. This is especially useful when I'm studying for a certification. I'll create a separate file for each domain and then build my own reference guide from multiple sources. Then I can be assured of covering all of the topics outlined in the exam objectives.
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    first thing i do with any book is look up the errata on the publisher's page and make edits with whiteout and pen.

    now for highlighting, I use a combo of a few main highlighter colors that signify different things (hard science students do this for formulas, theories etc)
    I use Green for commands and shell things, and yellow for main 'should knows' and blue or orange for real world examples.

    I also sometimes just underline with color if its not that important but should be known. This makes the page less cluttered.

    Also, be sure to draw plenty of arrows that lead into your margin so that you can enter your own words that better clarify.

    I used to use adobe to highlight, but its so fake for me.
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    Yes, the association of moving my hand and focusing on what I am reading helps map my short term memory to my long term storage.
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    For some reason I only used highlighter with printouts, but with books I make marks with a pencil.
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    Yep. My reference books look like trash by the time I'm done with it.

    I tried using eBooks and found myself regretting it 5 minutes later.
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    And this is one of my "lighter" marked pages.
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    I don't mark books becuase I have an obsession with keeping all things in pristine condition. I either take notes in OneNote or a physical notebook. Phalanx's book up there is inducing shortness of breath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberguypr View Post
    I don't mark books becuase I have an obsession with keeping all things in pristine condition. I either take notes in OneNote or a physical notebook. Phalanx's book up there is inducing shortness of breath.
    I am like you on this, most of my book even after weeks of study are as pristine as new one.. I am kind of OCD on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberguypr View Post
    I don't mark books becuase I have an obsession with keeping all things in pristine condition. I either take notes in OneNote or a physical notebook. Phalanx's book up there is inducing shortness of breath.
    Hehe, sorry buddy. It's weird. I actually like the feel of a page when it has been "roughed up" with notes and highlighters. Difficult to explain.
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    @Phalanx gave you rep for that one. Looks like several of my SQL books many moons ago when I attended the community college.
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    I am studying for SSCP exam now. I generally like to read an entire textbook thoroughly while highlighting. I make sure I understand what I'm reading and I do the quizzes too. Then I go back and study in greater depth using whatever methods are needed; read study materials multiple times, take practice quizzes and exams, do hands on exercises. labs, or coursework if needed.

    For example, I highlighted and read every single page of Network+ and SSCP textbook exam guides. And I never just memorize subject matter. I won't take an exam unless I understand the concepts. I don't have much IT experience, so It will probably take me longer than many of you. I am going to take my time.
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    Noooooo

    Sometimes I donate my old books. I'd rather take notes for myself and print stuff off.
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    I used to highlight my books but I had to stop doing that...doing so turned my screen yellow. On a serious note, I usually take notes, then highlight the notes that represent material that I don't answer correctly in the test prep software that I use for that certification.
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    I don't mark up books, but mine are full up those little sticky tabs.
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    Obviously, Study is not a just reading and writing but also a matter of realizing.So I always try to do it.
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