Reading is easy, isn't it?
Clearly, reading for higher level study is quite different from everyday reading. Themost obvious differences are:
As a student you can find yourself reading for many more hours aweek than usual.
Instead of the message slipping easily into your mind, as when youread a newspaper or a paperback, you find yourself having to concentrate tograsp it.But there are also more subtle differences:
Instead of reading to pick up information, or to be entertained, withstudying your aim is to introduce yourself to
ways of thinking
,which will enable you to understand the world differently.
Studying involves actively working with new ideas, not just racing through the words. You have to look for the
as you read,asking yourself
‘what is the author trying to say?’
Research into how students read (see, for example, Entwistle 1997, p. 19) has shownthat to be successful you need to understand these more hidden aspects of the readingprocess.
After studying this unit you should be able to: