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Reading at University: A Guide for Students [Paperback]

Gavin J. Fairbairn , Susan Fairbairn , Fairbairn Gavin
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1 Sep 2001 033520385X 978-0335203857
Reading as a student demands new skills and new disciplines.

Students must read. They must read to inform themselves about the subjects they are studying and to allow them to write assignments, reports and dissertations. Though most students can read fairly well, few can make as much or as efficient use as possible of the time they devote to reading for academic purposes.

Many guides to study offer a pot pourri of techniques for improving reading skills. None gives as full a treatment of this essential and underpinning area of academic life as Reading at University.

The authors believe that students must change both the ways in which they read and the ways in which they think about reading. This book offers effective and efficient strategies for fulfilling students' reading and study potential.

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press (1 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033520385X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335203857
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is a superb book. I found it user-friendly, and a joy to read. It covered so much that undergraduate students need to know about reading effectively and about other associated activities like note-taking; yet at the same time, it had useful thoughts and ideas to offer this grizzled old veteran of a reading student…Not many textbooks can claim to be of interest and relevance to novice, to moderately experienced and to experienced readers. This…is one such example of a text with universal appeal. My advice to you who read and claim to be students, would be to buy it, to think about its message…to use it, and to…return to it in the future, when your reading skills may again be in need of recharging.” – ILT (ITL 2003-10-28)

About the Author

Gavin J. Fairbairn is currently Professor of Professional Development in Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Glamorgan, following many years in teacher education as a Senior Lecturer, then Reader in Education. He has published widely on education and applied ethics and his other books include, with Chris Winch, Reading, Writing and Reasoning.

Susan Fairbairn worked for many years as a research psychologist in medical and nursing education, and as a course tutor in social psychology with the Open University. Currently she works with the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service, teaching literacy skills in Manchester schools. Her books with Gavin Fairbairn include Integrating Special Children: some ethical issues.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally well-written, an easy read. 22 Nov 2001
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I've learned alot from this book and had various other self-evident ideas reinforced and augmented by absorbing some of the key points within it. This book avoids "mumbo jumbo" and justifiably steers away from excessive speed-reading exercises. I was left feeling inspired enough to go and actually read something rather than switch the telly on. A star short of the five because no book's perfect, is it ?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Can sum up book in a paragraph. 18 Sep 2013
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Don't bother buying this I can sum up what it says (Over and over again) in one paragraph:

Read through CONTENTS page for headings that are relevant/interesting.
Scan through index at back of book.
Scan through sub-headings.
Read only the bits you need.
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