3.3.2 Advice on reading and understanding academic texts

  • When reading new materials, first read through a complete section without stopping to get a general idea of the overall meaning.

  • Try to guess unfamiliar words from the context.

    Then, read the section again and check key words in an English-to-English dictionary.

  • Write the definitions in English, not in your first language.

  • Write a sentence or two in English, in your own words, summarising the main ideas in the text.

3.3.1 Self-assessment

3.4 Task 3: Science