Academic reading differs from reading for pleasure in that you will often not read every word, and you are reading for a specific purpose rather than enjoyment. This podcast, part of the reading skills series, explains different types of purpose and how the purpose affects how you read, as well as suggesting a general approach to reading academic texts.
When taking notes during lectures you need to find a way to write down the main ideas as quickly as you can. This is where symbols and abbreviations can help. This podcast looks at ways to abbreviate (shorten) any word, some common abbreviations and symbols and ideas to make your own personal abbreviations and symbols