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Reading and note taking

Develop your academic reading skills and improve the notes you make while reading and during lectures.

Online advice and tutorials

  • Reading and note taking
    How to plan your reading, read effectively, take notes, and make the most of your lectures and seminars.
    (Source: UWE Bristol Library)
  • Reading effectively 
    Decide which material you need to read and in how much detail; absorb information more efficiently and effectively.
    (Source: skills4study website)
  • Making notes while reading
    Making effective notes while reading is a crucial academic skill.
    (Source: skills4study website) 
  • Making notes during lectures
    How to prepare for lectures, listen, understand, and use your own notes and your lecturers' prepared notes.
    (Source: skills4study website)
  • Audio-recording lectures and seminars - enhance your note taking.

Face-to-face support

Study skills support from the Library

If you need help, eg with an assignment, you can ask at a library help desk or via the online enquiry service.

If your query can't be answered immediately, you may be referred to:

  • a study skills workshop
  • online study-skills materials
  • an English language course

You may also be offered an appointment with a specialist adviser. Appointments last around 20 minutes. When you are offered an appointment, please supply the following information:

  • what is the problem you are having?
  • what strategies have you already tried in order to address this?
  • what is your timescale?

Although help can be provided in checking assignments and advising how to overcome problems, this does not constitute a proof-reading service. Further guidance on checking of assignments.

Study skills support from your faculty

Study support specialists in your faculty may also provide one-to-one support.

Language skills support


Study skills events

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