Effective Reading Strategies (GPLL24/2) | GPLL24


This workshop offers an introduction to strategies for approaching graduate level reading requirements. It is aimed at helping graduate students manage the graduate school reading workload, apply effective reading habits, and develop consistent organizational strategies. Students of all experience levels are welcome.

This workshop will instruct participants in effective reading techniques (including skim reading and close reading methods), discuss the trade-off between time and comprehension, provide advice in selecting texts for research, and give practical tips on note-taking and organization. Students will also have the opportunity to practice using the reading techniques.


Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Describe context-appropriate reading strategies for coursework, seminars, and research
2. Apply skim reading techniques and close reading techniques to meet their reading goals
3. Identify criteria for assessing the reading priority of texts for research
4. Apply effective note-taking strategies to enhance reading
5. Explore organizational techniques for managing readings and references

Leaders Information

Varda Nisar (she/her) is a mother, daughter, and sister. She is also a doctoral candidate in Concordia’s Department of Art History and a Public Scholar (2022-23). Her work diverges in several direction, including art education and community outreach. While in Montreal, she has consistently tried to foreground the work of artists from Pakistan and South Asia. In 2021, she organized and convened a speaker series titled (Art+Micro)History: Contemporary Artistic Voices from the South, which drew attention to the specific concerns and artistic modes of resistance in Pakistan. In 2023, she co-curated a multi-venue exhibition, “re*  imagining / créer / building / faire / mapping / connaissance /…” with artists rudi aker, Pansee Atta, Amin Rehman, and Swapnaa Tamhane. She was a 2015-16 Arthink South Asia Fellow and worked with Spark Arts for Children as part of her secondment.

Her doctoral research focuses on the nexus between cultural production and military regimes in Pakistan and how museums have come to play a critical role in it. 


Event details

Workshop location


Start date

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

End date

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Workshop days



From 15:00 to 17:00


Varda Nisar


Daniela Luiz Martin


16 / 40

Additional details

This workshop has a $25 non-attendance fee

Registration deadline

Saturday, March 9, 2024

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