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Effective reading strategies. Neil McLean LSE Teaching and Learning Centre. Overview. Purpose Reading for gist Reading for specific information Reading for argument Sources Practice. Purpose. Without knowing why you’re reading you can’t know how to read Options include

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Effective reading strategies

Effective reading strategies

Neil McLean

LSE Teaching and Learning Centre


Overview

Overview

  • Purpose

    • Reading for gist

    • Reading for specific information

    • Reading for argument

  • Sources

  • Practice


Purpose

Purpose

  • Without knowing why you’re reading you can’t know how to read

  • Options include

    • For strategy / overview

    • For practical information

    • For general understanding

    • For clarity

    • For essay answer information


Types of reading

Types of reading

  • Skimming – reading fast for gist

    • Intro / concl. / sub headings / first sentences

  • Scanning – reading fast for specific information

    • Sub headings – inside paragraphs

  • Intensive – reading for deeper meaning

    • Find place as above – voice / rhetorical flow


Rhetorical flows

Rhetorical flows

  • Rhetoric is the flow of argument

  • The classic flow (para. order) is thesis – justification – support

  • Common approaches are knock downs, overview and implement, narrative / chronology / significance


Sources

Sources

  • Study guide

  • Further / supplementary reading

  • Reading a reading list

    • Purpose – what are you looking for?

    • Kinds of text – general intro / new research

    • Dates – literature review vs. seminal texts

    • Titles – topic / answering articles


Practice

Practice

  • Look at your copy of chapter 3…

    • What does the tutor / examiner want you to know about?


Practice1

Practice

  • Reading for gist

    Does nationalism pose a threat to sovereignty?

    answer + reasons

    (p. 35 task 2.)


Practice2

Practice

  • Skim reading

    What is the difference between a state and a sovereign state?

    (p35 outcomes)


Practice3

Practice

  • Reading for gist

    Where is the info you need to answer exam question 2, p35?


Intensive reading purpose

Intensive reading - purpose

  • Look at the text excerpt…

    • Read the intro, what will Fred Halliday do in this chapter?


Rhetorical flow

Rhetorical flow

  • Make a note of the to and fro of his argument in paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4 on pp 42 / 43


Rhetorical flows previewing

Rhetorical flows (previewing)

  • Complete the notes by reading pp44/5

  • Main idea _____________________

    • 1.

    • 2.

    • 3.

    • 4.


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • Know why you’re reading

  • Organise how you’ll record the information you take

  • Read appropriately to your purpose


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