SAT Reading Passages: To underline or not to underline? Many students feel that they need to underline every little fact and statement in a passage and understand every concept mentioned. That is not a very good idea and the reason is that a person’s working memory can only retain three or four items at once. When you are underlining nearly everything and trying to understand everything, your working memory becomes overloaded and critical thinking is severely impacted. It pays to keep underlining to a minimum and we’ll look at reasons why tomorrow.
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