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Critical Reading

Being a critical reader means questioning what you’re reading.

When you read at a basic level, you aim to understand the information the writer is communicating.

Critical reading is the process of reading that goes beyond just understanding a text. It includes:

  • identifying the reading's strengths
  • identifying the reading's weaknesses
  • identifying the reading’s implications
  • looking at the 'big picture' - deciding how the reading fits with other information you have learnt on the topic.

Critical reading is useful at all stages of academic study, but is particularly important when writing media analysis or an essay.