Reading

La Trobe University Library La Trobe Library

Reading

Achieve@Uni
La Trobe University Library La Trobe Library

Reading

Achieve@Uni
La Trobe University Library La Trobe Library

Reading

Achieve@Uni

About this module

There’s a lot of reading to do at University. The subject areas you’ve chosen have a long history and it’s only through reading that you can truly understand their central ideas, theories, conflicts, arguments, methodologies and practices.

  • Some of this reading will be required as part of a subject, but much of it will be self-directed, when researching for assignments and longer dissertations and theses.

  • Keeping up with everything you need to read can be a bit overwhelming, but it’s a lot easier once you understand the ways that different kinds of academic writing are structured and how to employ strategies for reading them more effectively.

Effective reading is one of the most important skills for university study. Aside from the amount of reading required, you will also to have to get used to reading from a variety of sources: books, journals and online materials. You probably won’t be interested in every single thing you have to read for your course, but that’s ok. There are strategies and tips you can employ to read efficiently and effectively.

What you will learn

In this module, you will learn:

  • the differences between reading passively and actively

  • the different structures of academic texts

  • strategies to manage academic reading

  • knowing what to read

  • where to find help

Where to get help

Peer Learning Advisers (PLAs) and Student Learning lecturers can help you with assignment and study related questions. No need to make an appointment, just drop-in during advertised times. To check drop-in times and locations, visit: