Am I a smart reader?

“Reading selectively and at speed” (151) is a core study skill according to Stella Cotrell and she provides some very useful quick questions to help us think about how smart as readers we really are:

Do you…?

  • Know exactly what you are looking for
  • Use reading lists selectively
  • Examine sources for suitability
  • Select relevant parts of the book
  • Find information quickly
  • Select relevant parts of the page
  • Use photocopies
  • Make posters to link information
  • Chart the main ideas
  • Read interactively
  • Practise prediction
  • Vary reading speed and method
  • Engage with your reading
  • Use markers
  • Listen to yourself read
  • Maintain your attention
  • Create ideal conditions
  • Consider time and place
  • Reading off the computer screen or paper?

Cotrell, Stella, The Study Skills Handbook (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), ‘Am I smart reader?’ (165-167)