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7 Conclusion

Reading is a core activity in most courses of study. The purpose of it is to enable you to learn. But learning is not a passive process, you don't just let ideas wash over you. You have to make sense of them as you read and then use them to think with.

Key points

Reading for study purposes is not merely a matter of passing your eyes over hundreds of words. It is a set of practices which enable you to engage with the ideas in a text, including:

  • setting targets

  • underlining or highlighting as you read

  • asking questions to make yourself think about what you read

  • stopping to look ahead or look back when you lose the thread

  • reading critically

  • monitoring your progress from time to time, and

  • changing tack when things are not going well.

You need to experiment with different ways of doing things, in order to develop a robust, flexible, all-round style.


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