Reading for academic purposes



Welcome to the LSE LIFE podcasts series! I'm Helen Green, and I’ll be sharing some ideas on one particular aspect of studying at LSE. 

For our first podcast, we’ll start with reading! While it seems simple enough, there are many ways to read. Think about the differences in the ways you read a newspaper or a magazine, a tourist guide or a novel, a recipe or the leaflet in a package of medicine. On one hand, texts are presented differently; on the other, you have different purposes and goals in reading them. Reading actively and critically for your studies is a particular skill. And as with any other skill, it is one you can learn, practise, and improve. 

In this podcast, I’d like to propose some ideas on how to approach your course reading lists and how to explore and engage in academic texts actively and critically.

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