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Academic Reading: Home

What is your purpose?

First, ask yourself: what is your purpose?

  • Reading from start to finish
  • Skimming only for what you need.
  • Skimming a chapter/section.
  • Searching for information/statistics about something specific. 

During reading

  • Annotate and mark (sparingly) sections of the text to easily recall important or interesting ideas
  • Check your predictions and find answers to posed questions
  • Use headings and transition words to identify relationships in the text
  • Create a vocabulary list of other unfamiliar words to define later
  • Try to infer unfamiliar words’ meanings by identifying their relationship to the main idea
  • Connect the text to what you already know about the topic
  • Take breaks (split the text into segments if necessary)
  • Sample annotated texts – Journal article · Book chapter excerpt

After reading

  • Summarize the text in your own words (note what you learned, impressions, and reactions) in an outline, concept map, or matrix (for several texts)
  • Talk to someone about the author’s ideas to check your comprehension
  • Identify and reread difficult parts of the text
  • Define words on your vocabulary list (try a learner’s dictionary) and practice using them
  • Sample graphic organizers – Concept map · Literature review matrix

Source: The Writing Centre (The University of North Carolina)

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