A precursor to academic writing is academic reading. Conceptual understanding within a particular discipline requires students to base what they write on current academically credible research rather than on common sense or personal experience. However, students often report that they are unable to cope with both the quantity of reading required and the conceptual demands of the texts. Such demands may lead to plagiarism.
Although we might expect students to arrive at university with the appropriate thinking and reading skills, this is often not the case. Two strategies are considered:
Staff might incorporate critical reading
strategies into the course materials and practice
Staff can direct students to a range of resources available for students on ALSOnline
for students and at The Library
, these include:
Staff can also recommend students to make contact (face-to-face, phone or by email) with The Learning Centre tutors to discuss reading strategies.