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Palgrave Macmillan

Reading and Making Notes

Edition 2nd edition
ISBN 9781137402585
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Pocket Study Skills

Reading and making notes at university is different from studying at school and college. Common questions students have include:

- what exactly do my tutors expect from me?
- how do I decide what to read from a long reading list?
- how can I make sure my notes will really help me produce excellent work?

This practical pocket guide takes you through all stages of reading and note making, from different reading purposes to making the most effective use of your notes. Features include:

- real university marking criteria, assignments, reading lists and texts
- examples of common pitfalls to avoid when using notes in an assignment
- new to this edition – an expanded 'Making Notes' section with even more text extracts and examples

Jeanne Godfrey has taught and managed in universities for twenty years and set up one of the first academic writing centres in the UK. She is also the author of Writing for University, How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays and The Student Phrase Book.

PART I: NOW YOU ARE AT UNIVERSITY...
1. Active Reading and Note-making
2. Different Reasons to Read
3. Different Reasons to Make Notes
Summary
Reading
PART II: READING FOR ASSIGNMENTS
4. What Your Lecturers are Looking For
5. Understand Your Assignment Title
6. Take Control of Your Reading List...
7. ...and Go Beyond It?
8. Use Reliable and Academic Sources
9. Fine-tune Your Selection
10. Write Down the Essentials
Summary
PART III: DECIDE HOW YOU ARE GOING TO READ
11. Three Different Ways to Read
12. Plan the Time to Read
13. Create the Right Environment
Summary
PART IV: UNDERSTAND, QUESTION AND EVALUATE WHAT YOU READ
14. Approach the Text Actively
15. Find the Key Message
16. Make Up Your Own Mind
17. Get the Wider Picture
18. What to Do if You Get Stuck
Summary
Making Notes
PART V: THE ESSENTIALS
19. Why Bother Making Notes?
20. Key Features of Effective Notes
21. Useful Strategies and Tips
22. Examples of Good and Poor Notes
Summary
PART VI: MATCH YOUR METHOD TO YOUR CONTEXT
23. Different Note-making Formats
24. Making Notes from Lectures and Audio-visual Material
25. Tools, Technology and Note-making Software
Summary
PART VII: MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR NOTES
26. Review and Rework Your Notes
27. Things to Be Careful of When Using Your Notes
Summary
Final comment
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Index



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