Reading a text for a Champlain College class, especially a Core class, entails more than reading every word—sometimes much more. College-level reading can pursue questions that will escape the reader who isn’t driven to dig up and piece together answers. College-level texts vary in form and purpose—from scathing tweets and entertaining Web articles to scholarly essays and contemplative writings that have endured for millennia. Texts also vary in complexity and level of difficulty.
In short, college-level reading is work—useful work, rewarding work, but work. Successful reading begins with the understanding that, like work in the career marketplace, different reading tasks call for different approaches. The pages in this section will help you engage with course texts efficiently, effectively, and strategically. Not every strategy will appeal to you. What’s most important is that you have one.
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