- Target your reading to the assignment brief,
- Begin by reading something general to give you an overview of the subject,
- Write a rough, basic hypothesis in a couple of sentences as a starting point,
- Make a list of more things you need to find out in order to test your hypothesis and look for more specific material to read,
- Evaluate the usefulness of this material:
- What is the main line of reasoning?
- What is the key evidence used to support the line of argument?
- When was the evidence produced? Is it still relevant?
- Is there sufficient evidence?
- Are there any examples of flawed reasoning?
- Is evidence interpreted and used correctly?
- Has the writer given sufficient consideration to alternative points of view?
- Compare materials - do the authors agree or disagree?
(adapted from: COTTRELL, Stella. 2008. The Study Skills Handbook. 3rd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)
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