Preview , looking for background information, looking for information evidence you can use to support your own argument, seeing how a particular author develops.
Who is it written for? What is its purpose? what is its style? What is its general comment?
Scan the content, is it worth reading in detail? What does the introduction say? What conclusions are in the text. What details/data/further reading does it provide, we need to for this module we need to write a 1,500 word piece on an exhibition as long as it has a catalogue, a paper , or a book we have read. Exciting eh?? So i will give it my best shot and see how it goes, as long as i have all my points i need to remember handy i will do well!
Read, identify the author's most important points, recognise how they fit together, note how you respond to them either annotate the text if it is your own book or make detailed notes.
What is the purpose of notes? They focus your attention and make sense of the text, notes are a form of external memory, a symbol of progress, makes sense of your course and project.
A critical reader....follows evidence where it leads, considers all the possibilities, relies on reason rather than emotion, values exact thinking, considers the source material before deciding.