This week you have looked at the types of text that university students need to read and at the most effective reading and note-making strategies.
These are the most important learning points:
- University students need to read books, journals, specialised websites and reference texts.
- Reading academic texts can be difficult and requires a strategic approach.
- It is important to have a reason for reading.
- The most effective strategy consists in reading actively.
- Skimming, scanning and predicting the content of the text are active reading techniques.
- Skimming helps to decide how you want to read a text.
- Underlining words and/or phrases helps you to select and focus on the key points in a text.
- Difficult words can sometimes be guessed from the context.
- Adding notes in the margin and writing brief jottings are useful note-making techniques.
- To remember the content of your readings, it is useful to reorganise your notes using headings, mind maps and tables.
You can now go to Week 2.