The leap between the undergrad and postgrad can sometimes come as a surprise, especially if you’ve been out of education for a while. Postgraduate study involves applying skills and knowledge in a more sophisticated and advanced way than was required during your degree. Your Guide to Successful Postgraduate Study demystifies some of the expectations of post-grad study and outlines tools and strategies for developing skills that will improve your work throughout the whole of your post-graduate course. This book advises you on how to: • decide what to read, and how best to read it • produce engaging outputs in writing or speaking that are convincing and engaging • pursue academic arguments and show evidence of research/reading • maximize your employability after graduation. Get ahead of the game and equip yourself with the skills needed to supercharge your postgraduate work! SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

Reading to Some Purpose

Reading to Some Purpose

Chapter overview

This chapter covers a central skill for all postgraduate students: reading. Many postgraduates struggle with the reading required for their course. This is partly due to the sheer volume of reading required by some course tutors for their modules, but it is often down to not knowing how to read to some purpose. This chapter will help you with reading to some purpose. In this case, the reading is to engage with the theoretical and policy literature that will form the essential background for your studies and your writing. Reading to some purpose is a skill or technique that can be learnt. And just as some children take longer than others to learn to read, so ...

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