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EPQ: Research methods 2. Reading Great Big Books! Big Books = Tomes!. Remember .. . Books are resources... Reading for study is not the same as reading for pleasure Learn to be a ‘smash and grab’ reader. Always have an objective. Why am I reading this text? Have I got a specific question?

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epq research methods 2
EPQ: Research methods 2

Reading Great Big Books!

  • Big Books = Tomes!
remember
Remember ..
  • Books are resources...
  • Reading for study is not the same as reading for pleasure
  • Learn to be a ‘smash and grab’ reader
always have an objective
Always have an objective
  • Why am I reading this text?
  • Have I got a specific question?
  • Do I want a broad overview?
  • Am I collecting new ideas & facts?
each requires a different approach
Each requires a different approach
  • But first
  • How to overview a new text

Try to make some notes here!

the title page
The Title Page
  • Tells you..
    • How up to date the content is
    • Who the author is
  • Tip: Choose an up to date text
the table of content at the front
The Table of Content(at the front)
  • Tells you
    • The scope of the book
    • How the book is organized
    • The main chapter headings

Tip: Select a book that has chapter summaries

the index at the back
The INDEX (at the back)
  • Where you will find
  • References to specific topics
  • If you have a specific question the index is a good place to start
the bibliography
The Bibliography
  • Tells you
    • Which research papers, texts, are referenced
      • Harvard referencing order ...
      • Author name, date, title, publisher.
harvard referencing
Harvard referencing

How does it go?

Gross, R. (1994) Psychology: The

Science of Mind & Behaviour (Ed 3)

Hodder & Stoughton, UK

the preface
The Preface
  • Tells you
    • The author’s intent and approach
    • Where they ‘are coming from’
if the book is new to you
If the book is ‘new to you’
  • Open it at random and read a paragraph
  • Is the prose style to your liking?
    • Can YOU get into it?

Tip: Don’t struggle with a book you don’t like - choose another

don t be afraid
Don’t be afraid
  • To find an easy text to start with
  • before you
  • Progress to a more difficult one
ok so let s do some reading
OK - So let’s do some reading
  • Where should you read?
  • If you need to take notes..
    • Don’t read on the bus!!
how fast should you read
How fast should you read?
  • There always seems to be more to read than you have time for !
  • Skimming & Scanning
scanning
Scanning
  • Scanning first sentences in paragraphs
    • Gives you key words
    • Helps you decide whether to continue to read this article / section/ chapter
scanning1
Scanning
  • Introductions and conclusions
  • Give you an outline
  • Scanning tells you about a text
    • But you won’t learn what’s in it !
skimming
Skimming

Skimming is a fast reading technique.

Use it to obtain the gist of a piece of

text (i.e. to quickly identify the main

ideas in the text).

how is skimming different to scanning
How is 'skimming' differentto scanning'?
  • Skimming is used to obtain the gist (the overall sense) of a piece of text.
  • Scanning is used to obtain specific information from a piece of text.
reading speeds
Reading speeds
  • 100 WPM
    • Easy familiar text
  • 70 WPM
    • Harder text you need to follow closely
  • 40 WPM
    • Difficult text, unfamiliar subject matter
words you may not know
Words you may not know.
  • Should you use a dictionary?
    • Her blue eyes were full of - - - - -
    • Her blue dress was full of - - - - -
    • The word meaning is derived from the text !!
so now sqr 3
So - now SQR(3)
  • Survey (Scanning)
      • Question (is this useful to me)
        • Read (take notes)
        • Recall (from memory)
        • Review (try to summarise)
taking notes
Taking Notes
  • What sort of notes?
  • Should you highlight the text?
    • Should you write as you read?
    • Should you maintain a card file?
    • Find a method that suits you!
have confidence
Have confidence
  • Don’t forget
  • Books are resources
  • Learn to burgle them!!
      • GOOD LUCK