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Effective reading

Reading is an active process, not a passive one. There is no proper reading of a text which reveals the text's true meaning. The meanings you get from a text may not be the same as those your professor or your fellow students would get from it.

We always read within a specific context, and this affects what we notice and what seems to matter. We always have a purpose in reading a text, and this will shape how we approach it. Our purpose and background knowledge will also determine the strategies we use to read the text.

Texts themselves are very different (depending on the author's stance, values, emphasis, etc). Recognising this provides you with the beginnings of a critical approach to your reading.

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