Don’t waste time! College/Academic reading is different from other types of reading. In college read for the purpose of assignment.
Ask: What is the reason I am reading this text? Is it for discussion, for learning new vocabulary or concepts, to learn a skill so I can apply it to work or a project? This will determine your approach and level of engagement.
Reading Guide for
Purpose: _____________ (ie. Discussion) Insider knowledge___________ (ie.Professors use discussion to help students understand and articulate their knowledge about a subject and their values and beliefs about a topic. Also, discussions are used to develop the skills of listening, taking perspectives and defending beliefs using the text, prior knowledge and experience, and logic/reason.)
The assignment says: “Read this article and be prepared to discuss the author’s conclusion and her three key approaches. Chose the approach that best aligns with your career values.”
So, how should you read these articles and prepare for class?
Answer: ____________ (ie. Skim It = Read the first paragraph or two AND the last paragraph to capture the main idea. Let your eyes look at bold or italicized words, headings or illustrations. Can you define the words and understand what they mean? Read the first and last sentence of each paragraph. Most good writers use a paragraph break to introduce a sub point or reason. So, collect the main points and sub points. Slow down if something resonates or causes a reaction and ask why? Then, decide if you agree or disagree with the author.) This chart might help.