Active Reading: Comprehension and Rate
College students are faced with a variety of reading assignments from a variety of courses. The challenge is completing the reading both meaningfully and at the right pace. Dartmouth provides ways for students to read efficiently and actively.
Reading in the Majors
Content area reading assignments vary from subject to subject, so students should tailor their methods to meet a specific discipline or course of study. The University of Hartford offers “Cheat Sheets for Reading in the Majors” which is helpful for both content area reading and writing.
Check out these handouts and worksheets from SUNY Empire State College to help students with critical reading. You will find strategies for before, during and after you read. Topics include: taking notes from text, performing a close reading, writing a summary, interpreting, responding to and evaluating what you’ve read. You will find a link for reading literature.
Critical Reading of an Essay’s Argument
One professor presents his definition of critical reading, offers strategies for reading critically and discusses five stages of reading: pre-, interpretive, critical, synoptic and post-reading.
Poetry: Close Reading
At least one of your English Professors will ask you to interpret a poem. You will learn poetry terms, about the importance of repetition and how to decipher meaning. Pursue the website below from Purdue University to learn how to do a close reading of poetry.