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Academic Reading

Being able to read effectively and efficiently is one of the fundamental keys to academic success. But managing the sheer volume and navigating the complexity of college reading assignments in order to retain critical information while warding off distractions can be tough for students, especially when they first get to college. This 50-minute lesson provides tips on focus, the concentration cycle, and reading strategies that help students maximize what they learn from what they read. 


  • Contrast academic reading with reading for pleasure
  • Distinguish between active and passive reading
  • Utilize different academic reading strategies that help students learn from what they read
  • Learn to align reading strategies with levels of understanding required by the assignment and/or course objectives
  • Understand the importance of purpose in a reading assignment
  • Examine factors that affect comprehension, such as environment, context, preparation, and review.

Instructor resources

Sellers, D., Dochen, C., and Hodges R (2015). Academic Transformation: The Road to College Success (pp 63-69). Pearson.

Pauk, W., and Owens, RJQ. (2008). How to study in college (pp. 106-170). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

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Last Updated: 01/03/2023

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