Developing your critical reading skills


In university study you will frequently hear your lecturer or tutor encouraging you to take a critical approach to reading and researching. A critical approach to reading does not mean criticising or 'finding fault'. It means asking yourself why this particular author has written this particular text, and evaluating their strengths and weaknesses.

You can ask yourself many questions about the text - the more the better. These are shaped by what you already understand about the text, and what you need to get from it.

Consider the following

There are several questions to consider when approaching your reading. The following examples will give you a few ideas on the types of questions you should be asking when reading: