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Reading & Writing: Reading & Notetaking

Reading Online

More than ever before, students have a vast amount of digital literature available to them. This site gives lots of hints and tips on reading materials online and how to make the most of different formats and devices

Useful books

Reading & Notemaking

Based on the work of expert Stella Cottrell, international bestselling author of The Study Skills Handbook, this interactive resource will help you hone and develop your study skills at your own pace. Each module has been carefully designed so you can assess your current proficiency, track your progress, become more confident and get the most out of your course.

Click on 'Continue with your Institution account'.

Reading and Notetaking Study Skills Workshop

This workshop is suitable for UNDERGRADUATE and POSTGRADUATE students and includes: 

  • Tips to improve your reading;
  • Using your reading lists;
  • Choosing what to read;
  • Methods for note taking


Taking Notes From Speech

Taking notes is an important part of an active study strategy. This guide from the Open University looks at note taking techniques so you can decide which are best for you. There is a useful section on taking notes in lectures and seminars.

Cornell Notetaking Method

The Cornell notetaking method can be used in a number of different learning environments - when taking notes in lectures, from printed books and journals and from online resources. Learn more about this useful study tool.