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Reading Efficiently

The reading that you do for your studies is often different from the reading that you do for leisure. If you learn the correct technique for your reading goal, then you can save yourself time and ensure that you read efficiently and effectively for your essays, reports or tutorials.


Reading goals

Setting yourself a reading goal ensures that you read an item with a purpose, enabling you to prioritise the information that you read. To help you to define a reading goal, ask yourself: "What questions do I need answering?"
This will help you to identify the information that is centrally relevant, partially relevant or simply not relevant at all.
Reading styles, techniques and strategies

Once you have established your reading goals, you can choose the style of reading most suited to your task. The following types of reading are all commonly used, and you will probably recognise them.






Receptive reading


Note taking