Skills - how to read large documents
How to read large documents (and digest the information).
Here are some top tips from the University of Law:
- You don’t need to read the whole document from cover to cover
- Use the contents page and the headings to get an idea of themes and the topics
- Think about why you are reading the document and what you want to get out of it i.e. is it a specific area of law you want to know about? You can use this to help you work out what headings are important to you.
- Identify and check you understand the key terminology and concepts
- Find somewhere quiet that you can concentrate (and minimise distractions)
- Highlight the key parts
- Jot down any thought you have about the document – does it strengthen your opinion or contest it?
- Think about how you would use it in an essay
To check your understanding:
- Summarise the document in a few sentences
- Explain what it was about to someone else
Don’t: Think you need to remember everything – only focus on what is relevant for you and understanding the key parts
The next step is a quiz - to be able to answer the quiz you will need to read the large document which you can find in the ‘downloads’ section below this article.
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