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Critical Reading: Tips and Tools to Aid Reading Comprehension

help for reading complicated scholarly articles or other text.

This Guide Contains:

This guide contains tools to help students navigate complex articles or textbooks, for increased comprehension.

  • Critical Reading
    • Skimming and Scanning
  • Breaking an Article into Pieces
  • The Structured Abstract
    • useful for empirical, data-based papers, like in psychology
  • The Meta-Cognition Pyramid
    • useful for theoretical papers, like in philosophy
  • Film Analysis Tools
  • Resources from CofC and more



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