Reading effectively involves more than passing your eyes over text. Active reading ensures that you take meaning from and remember what you've read. For great tips on how to read effectively, please refer the University of Guelph's A Guide for University Learning and in particular, the section called "Learning from textbooks". You'll find information there about active reading, reading strategies, and other suggestions for how to have a successful reading experience. You'll also find links to a PDF or HTML version of the information at the bottom of the first page of the resource.
The following information focuses on readings in textbooks, but the suggestions can apply to reading other types of materials:
Information within this guide was adapted from the University of Guelph's A Guide to University Learning and from information provided by Roberta Mason, Associate Vice-President, Student and Academic Services, Royal Roads University. These materials are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License.