Getting started


The amount of reading that you are expected to do at university can be daunting.

However, with some preparation and adjustment to your reading techniques, you will soon be able to read effectively and efficiently.

Top tip

The key to managing your reading load is to become an active reader - that is, you need to:

  • ask questions about what you need to know,
  • select readings that relate to your questions and tasks,
  • and read them efficiently.

Activity: Academic Reading

Take this quiz to recognise your current level of interpreting academic reading.

You can spend many hours reading, and feel as if you are being productive, but actually not get very far with learning, or achieving your study goal.


So before you dive into those pages, here are four essential pre-reading tips. Click on the blue icon with white cross to learn more.