English: skills for learning
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English: skills for learning

Week 1: Reading skills for university study

Introduction

A good deal of a student’s time is spent reading textbooks, academic books, journals, encyclopaedias, newspapers, magazines and websites. These are the sources of information and ideas that are needed to understand a subject.

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Welcome to Week 1. This week you focus on the reading skills that are needed to make the most of a university education. You will look at the different sources of information university students normally read.

University readings can be long and approaching them can be daunting. You will consider some of the challenges students sometimes face when approaching these readings and learn an active reading method which allows you to break a reading task in to small manageable steps. For some activities you will need access to a printer.

Finally, you will learn a range of techniques to produce well organised notes that can be used when writing an assignment.

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If you decide to go to university, you will have to prepare for exams and research essays. In order to do this, you will need to be able to read the most appropriate sources and use some of the theories and information they contain in your essays. You will learn to do this during the first two weeks of this course.

This week you start by looking at the different texts that university students read. You will then learn to follow an active reading method that will help you read academic texts and make notes in the most effective way. For some activities this week, and throughout the course, you will need access to a printer.

By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • identify different texts university students read
  • understand the most effective reading strategies
  • actively read an academic text
  • make useful notes.

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