Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, the resources in this section help students to develop their skills in reading for information.

Text with lots of information and subject-specific language demotivates and slows down the reader. This can lead to poor comprehension and a reluctance to engage with further scientific texts. The first part of this skill area introduces selective reading strategies, such as skimming and scanning, which promote more effective study and learning for students. The second part considers reading strategies to help develop understanding and recall.

There are trainer development materials associated with the delivery of learning activities in this skill area. They can be found at: LSS Skill Area 3 Training.

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Skill 3.1 Skim Reading a Series of Articles

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, the aim of this activity is to set the scene for subsequent activities in this skill area. A series of brief articles is presented to the students who complete individual or group exercises to explore and develop their approach to reading text.

The activity...

Skill 3.2 Information from an Article at 'First Glance'

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity enables students to learn about the basic structure and style of scientific articles. Students first test their ability to extract key information from informal or popular science articles. Initially, these are more accessible than research papers....

Skill 3.3 Deeper Into an Article at 'Second Glance'

This activity, produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, enables students to develop their ability to gain a more detailed sense of the structure and subject matter of a scientific article.

After completing the exercise, students should be able to:
* locate the themes and keywords within an...

Skill 3.4 What's in a Title

Produced by Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme, this activity revisits the skim reading skills developed earlier in the series. It requires students to think about what makes a title useful and how to write titles themselves.

Students consider what the purpose of a title is and why an author may write a...

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