Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Critical reading and note-taking
Don't read word-for-word and take lengthy notes of every paper you have to read at university. Try out these tips:
- Make sure you have a clear purpose before you start reading
- Read the abstract, introduction and conclusions first
- Use skimming and scanning techniques to find relevant information (inc. keywords)
- Use the reference list to help you find other relevant sources.
The Cornell Method of note-taking
You may find you take better notes if you use the Cornell Method. This method encourages you to identify main themes and concepts, quotes, examples and evidence while drawing conclusions and examining the implications of what you are reading.
We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.