Too much reading at uni!

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I am taking 6 modules currently in my first year of uni. All of those classes are setting us reading outside of class to compliment the lecture. The reading and note taking of each chapter takes me hours and I simply don’t have the time! Does anyone have any tips on speeding up the process
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Hi.

When lecturers say “read” - try skim instead, honestly I would never expect my students to everything word-by-word at all as some chapters for journals have 50–100 pages! Try skim reading and making summary notes for each chapter. Makes it a bit easier.

Dr Adams
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I don't know what subject you are reading, but it sounds like you're trying to do too much. Unless they are absolutely key readings, there is no need to read all of something throroughly and analyse it line by line. A lot of the time, skim it, get the gist of it - understand the argument and move on. Take notes on what you believe the important points to be.

For example, if you are taking a politics module, and one the readings is Pericles Funeral Oration - there is no need to read it over and over and make annotations for each line. All you need to really know is - where and when it comes from; and what Pericles is saying in precis about the nature of governance. The deeper understanding would come in a tutorial when you discuss the ideas around it.

If you are taking a law module - you don't need to understand every detail of a case - just what the key facts were, what the decision was and the rationale behind it.
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