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English: skills for learning
English: skills for learning

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7 Summary

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.

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