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Reading & making notes

Reading & making notes

Godfrey, Jeanne, author

A little book that takes students clearly through the important differences between the 'why' and 'how' of reading at university, this book shows how to use reading lists, journals and books effectively and how to put together coherent, useful notes

Book. English.
Second edition.
Published Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Jeanne Godfrey
ISBN: 113740258X, 9781137402585
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Previous edition: 2010.
Physical Description: x, 157 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 11 x 14 cm.
Series: Pocket study skills
Subject: Reading (Higher education); Note-taking.; Education.
Series Title: Pocket study skills.


  1. Part I: Now You Are At University...
  2. 1. Active Reading and Note-making2. Different Reasons to Read3. Different Reasons to Make Notes Summary
  3. ReadingPART II: READING FOR ASSIGNMENTS 4. What Your Lecturers are Looking For5. Understand Your Assignment Title6. Take Control of Your Reading List...7. ...and Go Beyond It?8. Use Reliable and Academic Sources9. Fine-tune Your Selection 10. Write Down the Essentials Summary PART III: DECIDE HOW YOU ARE GOING TO READ 11. Three Different Ways to Read 12. Plan the Time to Read13. Create the Right EnvironmentSummary PART IV: UNDERSTAND, QUESTION AND EVALUATE WHAT YOU READ 14. Approach the Text Actively15. Find the Key Message16. Make Up Your Own Mind17. Get the Wider Picture18. What to Do if You Get Stuck Summary
  4. Making NotesPART V: THE ESSENTIALS 19. Why Bother Making Notes?20. Key Features of Effective Notes21. Useful Strategies and Tips22. Examples of Good and Poor NotesSummary PART VI: MATCH YOUR METHOD TO YOUR CONTEXT23. Different Note-making Formats24. Making Notes from Lectures and Audio-visual Material25. Tools, Technology and Note-making Software SummaryPART VII: MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR NOTES26. Review and Rework Your Notes27. Things to Be Careful of When Using Your Notes Summary Final commentAppendix 1Appendix 2 Appendix 3Index

Author note

Jeanne Godfrey has taught and managed in universities for twenty years and set up one of the first academic writing centres in the UK. She is also the author of Writing for University, How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays and The Student Phrase Book.


Reading and making notes at university is different from studying at school and college. Common questions students have include:

- what exactly do my tutors expect from me?
- how do I decide what to read from a long reading list?
- how can I make sure my notes will really help me produce excellent work?

This practical pocket guide takes you through all stages of reading and note making, from different reading purposes to making the most effective use of your notes. Features include:

- real university marking criteria, assignments, reading lists and texts
- examples of common pitfalls to avoid when using notes in an assignment
- new to this edition - an expanded 'Making Notes' section with even more text extracts and examples

Description for teachers

Reading and Making Notes clearly explains the important differences between the 'why' and 'how' of academic reading, demonstrating effective use of reading lists, journals and books, and how to put together coherent, useful notes.


'It is quite stunningly good... a joy to read.' - Kate Williams, Oxford Brookes (and series editor)