Reading Advice

Reading Skills for Academic Study


You need to learn to read efficiently – you cannot read every word of every book. You need to:

  • scan the library to find the correct shelves,
  • scan the shelf to find useful books,
  • use the contents pages, indexes to find the relevant parts,
  • skim the chapters to find out if they are useful
  • and finally read in detail.

Learning about how texts in your subject are structured will help you to read more efficiently.

But most importantly, you need to read.

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