We read to… learn and understand content; create a foundation for our own work; improve critical thinking skills; improve communication skills; and prepare for exams, discussions, and debates.
Tips for critical reading:
The SQ3R Method is a strategy that can help you understand and retain information you read:
Survey: Preview to focus and set goals. Figure out direction or purpose of text and estimate time you’ll need to read it.
Question: Engage your mind. Keep alert and involved.
Read: Add information to mental structures you have built. Gain information, understand material, and make connections.
Recite: Improve concentration and learning. Assess your understanding of the material.
Review: Begin building memory. Improve retention and move information to long-term memory.
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