Essential reading in uni (its never ending)

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After doing the online lectures each week for every module for one particular module I have there's "essential" extra reading every week. Its not that bad a module I like it mostly apart from all the extra reading.

This involves a selection (e.g. sometimes 4 different pdf's) of the longest PDF's in the world that are about 300-500 pages long, on top of the 5 or so pretty detailed online lectures.
Sometimes the lecturer adds articles as well as the pdf's so I'll generally read those as those are not very long. Does it matter less if its an optional module?.
I swear there's not enough time in the week to read all those pdf's :sadnod:
Other modules I've had the extra reading has generally been alright - only a couple of long articles but thats nothing compared to this particular module!
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God damn. And that's every week? That's like blitzing through a hefty novel. One thing I tried once was uploading a PDF on Readsy - good for speedreading while maintaining comprehension.

Some other things I'm wondering:
- is it a new lecturer for the module or have previous years had the same experience?
- has the reading in previous weeks actually been useful?
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Talk to your lecturer. Sometimes they'll send long docs expecting students to know which bit is relevant.
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That’s unmanageable surely. I can read 600 page Harry Potter 7 in 9 hours. But that’s a light read! I could not read a technical university level 600 page book in a day and retain the information/make notes etc.
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It is up to you to find the relevant parts based on topic / chapter type or keyword op
It's highly unlikely all this is really essential unless you're doing law at Oxford or something
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I had a couple of modules like that and experience has taught me that the convenors have just got carried away with what they think are the 'essential reads' for their entire specialism rather than the course they are teaching
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honestly some of these 'essential' readings are bs from my experience and never found it useful. Look at what matters-is the module graded on an assessment or exam? If the former, maybe only opt for readings that are relevant to the assessment... if exam, may need to cram specific readings that might come up
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Any chance you could just find summaries? I've heard a lot of people do that apparently.
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