Managing your reading

Feeling bamboozled by all the things you have to read? Learning Skills Adviser Tami Castillo has some suggestions on managing your reading tasks better.

It’s week 4 - already feel like you’re falling behind? Can’t believe how much pre-reading, post reading, required reading and suggested readings there are? Not to  mention reading all the academic articles you need to complete your assignments?

Reading strategically and employing different  reading strategies can help you use your time more effectively.

Want to know more? Read on!

First of all, please don’t feel like you have to read everything from cover to cover. One of the keys to reading strategically is knowing there are different  reading strategies to use for different reading purposes. This video explains this succinctly.

Reading strategies

As you can see, using effective reading strategies can help you:
  • save time
  • prepare for assignments and exams
  • keep up with weekly readings, and
  • learn and revise your unit’s content.
Check out this infographic for more information, and have a go at using different reading strategies for your different study purposes. If you’re not sure how to begin, have a look at these questions to help you build effective reading strategies from the ground up!

Being an effective reader saves you time, and brings you closer to those higher marks and success rates in exams. Book into a Library workshop via the Library Class Booking System (search for ‘reading’ to find relevant workshops), or you can chat to a Learning skills adviser at your Library’s Research & Learning Point if you’re not sure where to start.

Happy reading!

Photo: jemimus on Flickr

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