Watch and Learn
This video introduces students to the techniques involved in reading scholarly literature. It is based loosely on an article by Paul N. Edwards entitled "How to Read a Book."
If you do not see the video, please click on the link to view it in a new window or tab (you will leave this page):How To Read an Academic Paper
Top Tips: How to Read an Academic Paper
- Improve Reading Comprehension With Pre-Reading Tasks
Before reading the text, ask yourself what you already know about its topic --recall as much information as you can. Think of related ideas you've learned in the past. Make brief notes about your thoughts or discuss what you remember with others.
- Improve Your Reading Comprehension by Researching the Topic
What kind of text is this?
What new information did I learn, and what do I expect to learn?
- Improve Your Understanding by Reflecting on the Material and Asking Questions
As you read, what questions come to mind? (think about the questions and answers or jot them down on paper). Find the answers.
- Test Yourself to Determine How Well You've Learned the Material
After your reading session, quiz yourself on the main points. What was the main idea? Who are the characters in the story? What information did you learn? Jot down your thoughts in your own words to help you remember them and give you deeper insight into the topic.
Enhance your Learning
Learn what a Scholarly Journal and Research Article are, and understand the different sections of them.
If you do not see the video, please click on the link to view it in a new window or tab (you will leave this page):Article Analysis
Enhance your Wellness
Reading, assignments, presentations and expectations at university can contribute to a feeling of stress. Be proactive and build small but powerful stress management techniques into your day to feel well.
Learn more about stress management at these videos:
For more wellness resources, see https://services.viu.ca/counselling/health-wellness-resources.