As college students, you must be able to read, understand, analyze, and apply information from textbooks and articles while learning the course content. It is helpful to have a range of strategies in order to meet the increased demands of reading assignments in college courses. Learning some deliberate reading strategies will help to make this task easier. Take a look at these resources to get started building your college-level reading skills!
Reading in college requires an active approach. So, just how can you be active while reading?
The word “active” here refers to mental activity, and to readers who purposely engage with reading material. Active readers select reading strategies that help them find key information and important supporting information. Active readers use questioning, re-writing, and note-taking strategies to help them absorb their texts.
Check out a few active reading strategies used by successful Red River College Polytechnic students:
1. Divide larger reading sections into smaller segments.
2. Find main ideas using the following techniques:
3. Take notes on important concepts, focusing on key words, and phrases. As much as possible, paraphrase the content – use your own words. This forces you to think through what you are trying to learn rather than simply repeating it.
4. Mark up your textbooks (if you own them) as you make notes for your reading assignments. Use some of the following strategies:
Use the tip sheets below to apply the information learned in this section.