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Critical Reading

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I. Introduction
"The original owner had highlighted the entire book—literally. Every line on every page had been drawn through with a bright green Magic Marker. It was a terrifying example of a mind that had lost all power of discrimination." -Florence King

Being a student requires reading—and a lot of it. Some love it, some hate it. Nonetheless, we can't escape it. Reading is part of a student's life, and the length of time spent on it defines the kind of student one is. It is a challenge to even start going through the first page, all the more to finish it until the end. And yet, to understand is completely a different story. Reading has been described as a gateway to explore new worlds, a key to unlock the treasure of infinite knowledge, or an escape door from reality. The way you describe it reflects your value for it. It needs to transcend the sense of sight in order to penetrate the brain. Words read with the eyes do not mean the same as to words read with the mind. And as a student steps higher in the ladder of education, reading comprehension matures with the increase in the level of critical thinking. Students are exposed to different reading materials. At present, the internet has become the most popular source of information due to its availability and ease of use. With just a single click, one is exposed to a wide array of information. Scholarly journals are considered to be the most reliable source of research-based information because articles are editor and peer-reviewed by academics in their field (Trembay Jr., 5). This is seldom used, however, very useful. Books, on the other hand, are the reading material that students are most exposed to. Since every course or subject they enrol in has a reference textbook, it is not a surprise that after getting a college diploma, he/she has already come across at least 100 textbooks. This paper focuses on how a student could be a critical reader when studying textbooks. It recognizes the process students...