The Elements of Academic Reading

This workshop series consists of six two-hour workshops that can help you to become a quicker, more efficient, and more discerning reader.

What Will You Learn?

This series is ideal for any UTM students who wish to:

  1. read faster and more efficiently;
  2. get more out of reading material by:
    • understanding its broader research context;
    • critiquing its arguments and counter-arguments; and
    • perceiving how authors build up and present these arguments.

Since reading and writing are intimately linked, this series will also help you become a better academic writer!


How to Participate

You can come to one workshop that interests you, attend a few of them, or attend the entire series!

If you wish to earn a Co-curricular Record (CCR) notation on your transcript, you must meet all of the CCR eligibility requirements.

View the workshop schedule and registration information.


Co-curricular Record (CCR) Eligibility Requirements

If you wish to receive a CCR notation on your university transcript, you must:

  • attend all six workshops; AND
  • complete five of the six homework assignments (Global commentary on each of the homework assignments will be provided); AND
  • complete a Reflective Writing Assignment.

Time Commitment for Entire Series

If you wish to complete the entire series, it will take you between 21-40 hours, including:

  • 12 hours of module workshop instruction; AND
  • a minimum of 11 hours to complete the 5 required homework assignments and the Reflective Writing Assignment.

CCR Attendance Information

Please allow up two weeks after the conclusion of the final workshop in the series for your attendance to be updated in the online system. Please contact the CCR office if you have questions about your CCR notation.


Workshop Schedule & Registration

The Elements of Academic Reading Workshop Series has concluded for the term. The next schedule and registration link will be posted on this page when available.

  • Workshops are two hours long.
  • Workshops are offered in both Fall and Winter terms.
  • You can attend the workshops in either term.

Workshop 1: Why Do Academics Write Articles?

Understand why articles get written and what they are (and what they aren’t) intended to do; learn to see articles as elements of the ongoing academic discussion and to approach articles critically and with regard to your research project; learn about peer review.

Workshop 2: Quick and Efficient Reading Strategies

Learn how to quickly and effectively get the information you need from an article through efficient reading strategies.

Workshop 3: The Article in the Context of its Field of Research

Learn to pick up the clues in the article that let you know how it fits into the broader context of research in its field. Develop reading skills that will help you to integrate the article into your understanding of the field as a whole. Use your knowledge of the article’s larger context to help you read more critically.

Workshop 4: Identifying and Critiquing Arguments and Counter-Arguments

Learn how to map and critique the overall structure of an article; learn to recognize and interpret the “signposts” that authors use to let the reader know about how they are developing their argument; learn how to reverse outline articles.

Workshop 5: The Basic Element of Academic Thought: The paragraph

Learn about paragraph structure and how to analyze paragraphs.

Workshop 6: Words, Expressions, and Nuance: Getting the most information out of every sentence

Learn how to take sentences apart and analyze them; examine how authors build and nuance their meanings through their word choice and how they make their claims; identify “academic” conventions in your field and the reasons behind them.