Pretty early on in your time at university your tutors will emphasise that it is their job to help you begin taking charge of your own studies; in other words, the lecturers are not there to tell you what to think — they will guide you through your own independent learning. Reading will form the biggest part of this learning, and as such you need to get used to dedicating a lot of your time to it. In addition, you may find that the reading techniques and note-making strategies you developed at school are not so useful in a university environment. Bear in mind that you have never had to read before in a higher education context, so you will probably find some of the reading difficult, as well as finding that the amount you need to read in a short space of time has gone up dramatically from what you have found previously. This chapter is designed to help you think about the different kinds of reading you will have to do at university, as well as consider ways in which you can improve your own reading and note-making strategies.
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