By the time you get to University reading is second nature, and you might even have had some practice with self-directed study and research – however, a degree (or higher) level course requires a different style of reading which is focussed around requirement and comprehension.
When faced with a lengthy text book it is important to understand what it is you want to get from reading it, are there specific questions you want answered; are you reading to give yourself a more detailed understanding of a topic; are you studying to give depth to an essay you’re writing. Understanding this upfront can change how you approach the text and there are some simple steps you can take to make this part of the process flawless.
Reading and understanding are two very different things. We absorb written information all the time – often subconsciously – in order to make decisions. However, when you are reading for study you need to ensure that the information you are reading is absorbed and processed in order to be useful to you in the future. There are some simple ways that you can do this: