Skills Booster: Read faster, remember more

"Study chapters 4, 7 and 9" or "Read this article". What does that actually mean? Do you have to read everything, and if not; how doe you ensure that you read the right things at the right time? Moreover, the pace is high, so in order to 'keep up' it is important that you know how to approach reading. 

Research shows that students who read effectively get higher grades and are able to actively participate in discussions and write papers. To study the material, you must be able to distinguish main and secondary issues, make connections to what is discussed in lectures and actively make meaning of what you read. In addition, you must be able to analyze different sources, apply them to a new issue, or question the content of a text

Reading strategies

The knowledge clip below covers four reading strategies that will help you optimize the following reading skills.

Before you watch the video and choose a strategy, here are four questions to ask yourself.

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