Critical reading requires the reader to read intentionally and skeptically, looking to understand not only what the author says but also asking questions such as,
College students often fear the research project. However, in truth, the research project is an opportunity to delve deeply into a domain of knowledge, learn new facts, and acquire an appreciation for perspectives that often come through no other venue, other than the research project.
Reading is required in both academic study and general citizenship. The more accurately one reads, comprehending the presented data and relationships among the arguments and retaining the details, the greater the benefit that may be accrued from the reading effort.