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Study Tools: Reading the Arts and Humanities: Issues and Techniques

Any programme of academic study requires you to read effectively to be informed in your subject area, and to be able to ask intelligent questions and offer interesting, feasible answers.

What should we read?

Where should we look for the variety of texts and forms of information which we need for the topics we study? How should we handle Google and similar sources?

How should we read?

How should we approach the reading of the material we find? What is distinctive about reading for the Arts and Humanities? Is there only one approach to reading in our discipline?

Primary and secondary sources

This workshop considers the differences in the study of the Arts and Humanities between ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ texts, or objects of study (for example) films, paintings, advertisements) and the different reading techniques they demand.

What is skim reading? How can it be legitimate?

Before the night is over you will have learned different strategies for initially navigating a text to evaluate its potential usefulness to the task in hand. We then learn a useful 'trick' to help with the reading of ‘secondary’, ‘critical’, or ‘theoretical’ material. We learn how and why to skim-read such a text.

This course is not currently timetabled. You can add your name to a waiting list if you are interested in attending at a future date.

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Theme tags: Academic Skills, Critical thinking, Reading and note-taking skills, Study skills