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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.
For more ideas look at Skills for Study module on
. You can also watch the videos on this page on the Cornell Method and Outline Method for ideas. Reading and note-making Concentration
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.
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Critical Reading & Writing Technique From Harvard University
How to get the most out of studying - cognitive principles including deep processing by Dr.Chew at Samford University
Easy Research Reading Technique
Note-taking Training - Outline Method
Cornell Notes Method of Taking Notes