The course is ideally suited for PhD students that just started their research projects. Graduate-level Reading Skills provides a theoretical overview of the different levels of reading and practice in applying practical methods to improve reading of scientific articles.

Dates: 21 and 28 October 2013
Registration is closed.


Target group: The course is ideally suited for PhD students that just started their research projects.
Course length: 6 hours (2 meetings of 3 hours each, 1 week apart)
Course instructor: David Ordoubadian
Contact: Åke Forsberg, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Course language: English
No. of participants: up to 15
Time: 13.00-16.00
Place: Gamla Biblioteket, bldg. 6K, Department of Molecular Biology, NUS area

Course content and aim
Graduate-level Reading Skills provides a theoretical overview of the different levels of reading and practice in applying practical methods to improve reading of scientific articles. It discusses techniques for efficient reading, focusing on the most relevant information, and applying strategies for tackling advanced texts. The goal is for participants to both understand the theory behind advance reading and, at the end of the course, to be able to apply these strategies in their own reading and research. Ultimately, the course should help graduate students advance in their studies more quickly and develop as researchers.

Outline of the course
The first day of the course provides the theoretical background and discusses strategies. The second day of the course develops these strategies, applying them in class with exercises and through class discussion.

Between the two class meetings, participants will read a text provided by the instructor and prepare it for discussion at the second meeting.

Expected learning
The course is ideally suited for PhD students that just started their research projects. By the end of the course, participants will have concrete strategies for getting more out of their reading and becoming advanced readers, which will allow them to develop new understanding and new knowledge. The course also supports participants’ writing skills by helping them understand how they can make their own writing more relevant to readers.