Time management

Reading effectively

Reading effectively checklist

To make your reading more active and effective, make sure that you:

  • Avoid passive reading – learn strategies that make your reading active and keep you engaged;
  • Practice using SQ3R;
  • Recognise which reading process is appropriate for the text you are reading;
  • Survey the text before you read to identify what parts are most relevant and useful;
  • Learn to be critical of the text you are reading and use this to analyse its relevance and usefulness;
  • Form note-taking habits – recording, reviewing and using your notes;
  • Note references and occasional quotes as you read;
  • Read with targets – what info are you trying to pick out and how much is enough?
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