## Reading Skills

#### Before starting:

**Familiarise yourself with the following common phrases.****Definition**- A concise explanation of the meaning of a word or idea.**Axiom**- A basic assumption that is accepted to be true without proof.**Theorem**- A statement that follows (i.e. can be proved) from basic definitions and assumptions.

**Choose your text carefully (if possible). Ask yourself the following questions?**- Does the text cover the right topics?
- Does the text cover the right level of work?
- Do I want the text to provide me with explanations/ examples/ practice questions etc.

- Does the text cover the right topics?

#### When reading:

**Take your time! Very few people can read a maths text book and fully understand all the details straight away.****Question everything! For example:**- What methods are used? Why?
- How does the text compare with your own notes? Is the notation different?
- Is there anything that you don’t understand?

- What methods are used? Why?
**Highlight any key words or sentences. For example:**- Are there any specific conditions required for a theorem to hold?
- Are there any new words/phrases which you are unfamiliar with?

- Are there any specific conditions required for a theorem to hold?
**Clearly record all your observations and take time to review them thoroughly.****Put your new found knowledge to the test and practise a range of examples.****(If required) Repeat the process with other texts to deepen your understanding of the topic.**

#### What next?

Why not check out our other study skills guides:

- Writing Skills for Maths
- Problem Solving Skills for Maths
- Revision Skills for Maths
- Exam Skills for Maths