How to efficiently read documents, including the PROMPT technique


All too often you can read a whole pile of documents without finding the information you're looking for. When you need to evidence need in a report, and you have to get your hands on data, case studies or important contact details, you don't have time to waste.

This guide explains how to quickly and efficiently read documents, to make better use of your time and get the information you need. Sometimes that means discarding a document before you've got past the title and the first few paragraphs, which can seem extreme, but you'll soon learn which documents are relevant and which don't need to be read at all.

The PROMPT technique, a mnemonic used to help focus you when reading documents, is also included here, adapted from the Open University website. 

This resource was created by Dr. Lorna Henry for the Evidencing Need course.