This interactive module guides students in analysis of spoken or written discourse. Chapters include identifying the intention and tone of the author, spotting what is important and what is superfluous to the message, recognising a message's structure, checking one's own understanding and tips and tricks if you don't understand everything. Created as part of the ORCIT suite of resources, this module will prove invaluable to teachers and students across all levels. The points covered are relevant for a range of activities, from writing a critical review to summarising or analysing source materials. ORCIT is an international project with several European partners creating interactive online resources for interpreting students. Although the project focuses on Interpreting, the topics covered are relevant across all disciplines. The ORCIT project is funded by the interpreting services of the EU. This resource is available in other languages via the ORCIT website.