Developing Business Practice – 302LON Reading for academic success Week 1
Overview of sessions Week 1Reading for academic success 2Writing for academic success 3Finding and using information 4Plagiarism and how to avoid it 5Putting it all together
Have an understanding of the role of reading in your course of study Be aware of the different types of reading expected on your Be able to read effectively Understand the purpose of note-taking By the end of this session...
Read to gain knowledge and obtain information Significant amount of time at university is spent reading Why do we read? It’s up to you to organise your reading practices
For enjoyment! To find out more about a subject that interests you To find further evidence to support your own ideas Background preparation for an assignment or interview To go into more depth about a theory for an assignment To find out more about a topic mentioned in class To prepare for a seminar so that everyone can discuss it
Good reading practices Allow you to select the most appropriate materials to read Ensure that you are reading the material critically Reduce the time spent on reading it Ensure that the notes that you take from your reading are usable afterwards
‘ Why am I reading?’Define your purpose Specific piece of information? Getting an overall feel for a piece of work? Background reading? Deeper understand of a topic?
Reading your tutor directs you to Within Moodle, Reading List or Knowledgecast What should I read?: Directed reading
Required It is expected that you have read this before coming to class Will be the basis of the discussion in the seminar Required It is expected that you have read this before coming to class Will be the basis of the discussion in the seminar Recommended You don’t have to read it all, but reading a selection from the recommended list will allow you to have a better understanding of the topic and contribute to the discussion Recommended You don’t have to read it all, but reading a selection from the recommended list will allow you to have a better understanding of the topic and contribute to the discussion
Take your lead from the suggested reading Use bibliographies and the sources that they have mentioned Do your own searches on our databases and in the Learning Resource Centre Ask your tutor What should I read?: Self-directed reading
Textbooks – good for background information Journal articles – good for applications of models and theories in depth Newspaper articles – for real life examples and up-to-date information Websites – but always with caution! What types of sources might you be reading?
Reading critically Facts v. Interpretation To non -critical readers, texts provide facts. Readers gain knowledge by memorising the statements within a text. To the critical reader, any single text provides but one portrayal of the facts, one individual’s “take” on the subject matter. Critical readers thus recognise not only what a text says, but also how that text portrays the subject matter. (Kurland 2000)
Questions to ask yourself... When/where was it written? How does this information relate to what you already know? What evidence have they used? And are there any gaps? Do you agree with this interpretation of the evidence?
Effective reading tips Always keep your reading goal in mind When looking at books, look at the index and contents page to see where in the book to start Use the abstract or executive summary to see if an article or report is relevant
Effective reading tips The first paragraph and the last paragraph of a chapter or article should give a good idea of the main topic and argument of the work Quickly scan for keywords and phrases of interest, and then go back and read more closely.
Allows us to reproduce information at a later date Remind us of information at a later date Concise way of capturing key information Enables us to organise information and our ideas Ensures active learning Note-taking: Why do we take notes? Ensures that we understand what we have just read
Different methods of note-taking Annotating Summarising Visually (Mind maps) Visually (Mind maps)
Taking notes: Summarising Cottrell, S. (2008) The Study Skills Handbook. 3 rd edn. London: Palgrave Macmillan Page 7: It is best to prepare properly for university course: ways to prepared include foundation courses, access or short courses from the university or local college. It is also possible to do foundation degree, which is equivalent to two years study – this can be taken part time. There are people who can offer advice, including a mature student adviser, life- long learning – see the university for advice.
Taking notes: Visually Preparation for university course Access and short courses from colleges and universities Equiv x 2 years ft study Access routes Foundation degrees Modes of study Full time Part time People to ask: Student adviser Lifelong learning centre Other members of staff
Taking notes: Things to remember Take notes on second reading Make it clear in your notes any sections that are copied directly from the text, and note page numbers of diagrams or key points Make use of highlighters, different colours and abbreviations to make your notes clear, concise and easy to read
Organising your note taking Paper based? Date your notes, keep them tidy, file them afterwards
Organising your note taking Using a computer? Back up your files, name your files sensibly and keep them organised
Organising your note taking Always ensure that you have all the information you need to use this information in your assignments Author, title, date of publication, publisher details, page numbers, web address of any online sources
In this Knowledgecast, we have: Looked at the role of reading in your studies, including directed and self-directed reading and considered the purpose it serves Looked different types of reading materials and what to be aware of when reading them Introduced the idea of reading critically and provided some questions to provide critical thinking framework Looked at some note-taking techniques that you can start to put into practice. Knowledgecast Summary
Bring a copy of the Harvard Business Review article from your reading for International Business Strategy (301LON) ‘Ten ways to create shareholder value’ by Rappaport. You may find it more useful to print it out. You will find this through the Reading List link in the 301LON module. Preparation for the seminar
‘Bibliography’ by gadl http://www.flickr.com/photos/gadl/320300354/sizes/l/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/gadl/320300354/sizes/l/in/photostream/ ‘168th of 2nd 365: A choice. Which translation to continue reading?’ by dumbledad http://www.flickr.com/photos/dumbledad/4988915427/sizes/o/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/dumbledad/4988915427/sizes/o/in/photostream/ ‘Questioning’ by Ann Douglas http://www.flickr.com/photos/anndouglas/422362185/sizes/o/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/anndouglas/422362185/sizes/o/in/photostream/ ‘reading aloud: j reads Harry Potter (2)’ by anna_t http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna/199723292/sizes/o/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna/199723292/sizes/o/in/photostream/ ‘Notes’ by English 106 http://www.flickr.com/photos/english106/4357529719/sizes/z/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/english106/4357529719/sizes/z/in/photostream/ ‘jour048’ by Guillaume Brialon http://www.flickr.com/photos/guillaumebrialon/3288150201/sizes/o/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/guillaumebrialon/3288150201/sizes/o/in/photostream/ ‘MacBook keyboard’ by alcomm http://www.flickr.com/photos/alcomm/217097889/sizes/l/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/alcomm/217097889/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Image credits
Kurland, D, (2000) What is critical reading? [online] Available from: http://www.criticalreading.com/critical_rea ding.htm. http://www.criticalreading.com/critical_rea ding.htm. References