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3.2 Reading to learn

In order to learn you need to follow the argument as you read. With an important text, you should slow right down and take it bit by bit. Here is a student describing how he tackled a particularly challenging chapter:

This intensive kind of reading is at the opposite end of the scale to skim reading. It plays an important part in getting you to the heart of the subject.

Box 6 The purpose of reading

When you are studying the underlying purpose of reading is to develop your thoughts – to weave new ideas and information into the understanding you already have and to develop new points of view. If you try to bypass this thinking, you are not really learning as you read.


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