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Best reading practices

Reading is such a crucial part of a business degree. However, there's no one way that we should read; everyone has a different way of reading, and everyone is interested in differrent things. Our panel tries to give a rough guide on how you can approach the reading for your business degree.

Core books for the modules are great start, but deeper knowledge and critical analysis are best to get from peer reviewed journal articles.
Yanitsa Arnaudova, University of Hertfordshire

The university will always offer recommended reading of any textbooks and/or articles. During the 1st year, this is normally enough but ensure you check out all possible options from the full resource list if provided by your university, or use the knowledge of library staff to seek similar books on the particular topics you require.
Dean Bamforth, Nottingham Trent University

Cover the set reading before the lecture. You will beable to ask questions on the things you don't understand. Do wider reading on what you don't understand; some explainations will be better than others.
Jazmine Outerbridge, Birkbeck University

Read the way it suits you. I read and write notes on the chapters, then I add to these notes in the lectures.
Lisa Deakin, Glasgow Caledonian University

Make sure you read on a daily basis as this will make it easier in the long term.
Conor Lee, Liverpool John Moores University

Read the books that your lecturers advise. A little bit everyday! Even if you don't understand it at the time you'll be surprised how much your brain stores.
Ruhena Begum, University of East London

The key is variety. Use textbooks to help explain and provide introductions to topics. Read journals to delve further and gain more depth into the topic. Finally, read newspaper/internet articles of this module being applied in real life.
Sam Stevenson, Nottingham Trent University

Core textbooks are a good starting point, as are references from lectures. Don't feel like you have to read everything though!
Faye Dysch, Nottingham Trent University

Choose what to read very carefully. Aside from compulsory readings, it is more useful to read better quality, concise texts rather than a vast quantity that takes up more time. Similarly, readings should be read in specific time frames, say an hour, so to train your brain to read faster and select the important information more efficiently.

Elizabeth Elkin, University of Nottingham

Read efficiently, do not get bogged down in irrelevant text. Often the Abstract is very useful. It is important to acknowledge that Books, Journals and online material all have their own merit.

Hamish Campbell-Shore, University of Bath

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