Effective reading skills are key to managing the volume and complexity of reading at university.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I need to read this?
- How much detail do I need to read it in?
- How can I read more effectively?
Top tips for reading
- identify the author’s line(s) of reasoning and evaluate this critically
- evaluate the evidence for the author’s argument
- question their apparent ideas and check for any hidden assumptions
- check whether the evidence cited in the paper supports the author’s conclusions
- relate what you are reading to your own ideas and existing knowledge.
There is no ‘right’ way to make notes: you need to find the way that works best for you.
- written notes
- audio notes
- mind maps
For more ideas look at Skills for Study module on Reading and note-making.
Find the right place and time for reading; take regular breaks and exercise.
You will find more detailed guides on effective reading in the resources listed on this page.