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Working Independently

Introduction to week 2.
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Being able to engage with independent learning at university is crucial to success. It all starts here in the lecture theatre. Being able to engage with the material that’s being delivered, making your own notes, developing revision material, it’s all part of being an independent learner.
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When you read materials to supplement your lecture notes, it helps to have a really clear idea of what you’re going to get from each text before you read it. Focused reading with clear purpose is the most effective use of your time. These notes will then form the basis of your revision material.
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Revision needs to be an ongoing process, an integral part of your studies. You need to revisit material week in, week out. At university, you cannot engage in last minute revision. There’s simply too much material to take on board. And when it comes to the exams, you need to be able to interpret, to evaluate the information, to synthesise material. And to be able to do that, you need a mastery of the subject that only comes from an integrated, ongoing revision process.

The aim of this week is to think about how you work as an individual, how you gather information, such as reading texts, and then working with your material to produce good revision notes.

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