The way you read will vary depending on what you are reading and what you need to get out of the reading! This resource provides a bank of quick and practical reading strategies that can help you build your own reading strategies toolbox.
Pick one or two of the reading strategies below and try them out on your next reading assignment! Notice the strengths of the reading strategies and in what contexts they works best for you. You can always return here to try out a new reading strategy when your needs change later on!
Planning your reading session can improve your reading efficiency by preventing distraction and burnout.
This strategy will ensure that you acquire relevant knowledge as you read a textbook or journal article.
Summarizing content in your own words ensures that you have understood the text and helps you remember what you’ve read.
Taking notes that are tailored to your assignment will save you time and effort.
Creating a key of symbols for annotating can help you make meaningful annotations that you can reference in the future.
Figuring out what information you need from a reading is an important first step! It can help you know when to speed up and when to slow down and dive deeper into the reading.
Dealing with unfamiliar words appropriately will aid your comprehension of the text and boost your vocabulary.
Designate a symbol, highlighter color, or other marker that you can use to make note of bits of text that you don’t understand or want more clarification on.
Doug Worsham, UCLA Powell Library