In order for academic reading to be effective, it needs to be a combination of efficient (in terms of speed and retention), strategic (in terms of appropriately targeted) and critical. This short workshop will give you a number of tools to help you to read more quickly, more strategically and more critically.
The workshop (and practice afterwards) will help you to increase your speed and effectiveness of reading. The practical exercises during the session will show you how to measure your base read speed and comprehension level and then increase your reading speed and efficiency.
We will use practical exercises and tutor-led input to help refine and improve four key areas:
Strategy – considering your reading strategy and learning some practical ways to improve information selection and absorption
Speed – Techniques to increase speed of reading, and applying these with more dense and difficult material
Criticism – Acquiring methods and questions to improve your critical reading strategies
Consistency – Discover how to build consistent reading habits that will improve your efficiency, retention and recall.
‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.
(PGT) Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing
Thursday 16th February 2017 @ 13:30 – 16:30
Being a masters student is challenging, not just because of the level you will be learning at but also the amount of work (e.g. reading and writing) you’ll be expected to do, and all the while being ‘critical’. With so much to do, using effective strategies will help you to manage the different demands of your masters.
This workshop will focus on practical strategies for masters-level effective reading and writing, and developing your critical thinking during these. Participants will be able to practice some strategies in short exercises during the workshop.
This is an interactive workshop and discussions and questions by participants are warmly encouraged.
This workshop does not include
Subject or discipline-specific advice
English Language advice
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