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Resources on improving reading skills

General reading resources

Academic Reading for Maximum Effectiveness
Method and suggestions for particularly difficult reading assignments.

Academic Success-the Curve of Forgetting (SLC Video)
Ever wondered why you can't remember material from previous classes and notes? Watch this short (2:20) Student Learning Commons video to find out why regular review is SO important, and how you can improve your memory, and your grades. 

Concentration Strategies
Helps you identify what usually distracts you and suggests new concentration strategies.

Techniques for Skillful Reading (Cal Poly Pomona) - Links to resources on several aspects of reading.  "Reading with and Against the Grain" may be particularly valuable for critical reading.

How to Read a Book, v. 5.0 (University of Michigan)
Comprehensive resource with many concrete suggestions applicable to both Undergraduate and Graduate students.

Active vs. Passive Textbook Readers (City College of San Francisco)
The "active" section contains great tips for increasing your reading effectiveness.

A Guide to University Learning
Interactive online university preparatory workshop that, among other things, includes a guided exercise on learning from a textbook.

Learning From Texts (University of Guelph)
Covers active reading, speed & comprehension, concentration, and dealing with difficult texts.

Handling Reading (Ohio University)
Interactive online workshop including a pre-test to assess your current reading strategies as well as tips for effective reading, concentration, and memory.

Exam Preparation through Lectures and Readings
As you complete the lecture and reading for each topic in a course, go through this checklist to enhance your learning and begin the process of effective exam preparation.

Reading articles to prepare for writing or discussion

Reading research-based journal articles
Tips for faster and more effective reading. Focused on articles found in Science and Social Science disciplines.

Critically Analyzing Information Sources (Cornell University)
Gives an idea of questions to ask when reading. 

Reading Journal Articles (National University of Singapore)
Distinguishes between research reports, literature reviews, and theoretical articles, and gives advice about how to approach these readings. 

Reading Academic Journal Articles (SUNY Brockport)
Discusses the parts of a research-based journal article and shortcuts for reading one.

How to Read a Paper (University of Waterloo)
Focuses on "the three-pass approach".

How to Read (and Understand) a Psychology Journal Article (About.com)
The advice here is applicable to research-based articles in disciplines other than psychology as well.

Reading for specific courses

Critical Reading: A Guide (Brock University)
A guide to what you might look for in analyzing literature, particularly poetry and fiction.

Reading a Math Textbook (Pima Community College)
These tips focus on the ways in which the approach to texts in problem solving courses should be different from other textbooks, but offer good general advice for academic reading as well.

How to Read a Scientific Article (Cain Project in Engineering and Professional Communication)  Strategies discussed include selecting main points and asking questions while reading.  The article includes a template for taking effective notes from a scientific article.

How to Read (and Understand) a Psychology Journal Article (About.com)
The advice here is applicable to research-based articles in disciplines other than psychology as well.

E-reading: Reading from online sources

Learn more about how reading from electronic sources such as tablets and phones can affect reading comprehension.

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens (Scientific American)
The bottom line is that reading on paper leads to better comprehension and retention than reading on a screen and is less tiring.  You can read the full article for the details.

Scientific American: Why the Brain Prefers Paper
A summary of the article above showing that reading on paper leads to better comprehension and retention than reading on a screen and is less tiring.