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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 a media analysis or an essay.