While doing your assignment or writing examinations at Unisa, you have probably found that you are expected to do quite a number of things with your academic texts. Often you will need to argue a point of view, form an opinion or critically analyse academic text. But before you do these difficult things you need to have some basic study skills. You will often need to memorise basic facts, ideas and key words. Thereafter, you will be able to develop and implement reasoning skills based on your sound foundation of facts. In this section we will concentrate on a few learning skills you can try in your studies. However, to generalise across all learners and across all learning contexts without regard for how you, the individual learner, would like to go about it, would be like trying to force you into a mould. So, in doing this we are not trying to force you into a mould, or insisting that all students should go about learning in the same way. What we are trying to achieve, however, is that you choose the way you would like to learn; and adopt and use learning methods that you find useful to achieve your particular study goals. :K\GRZHVRPHWLPHVILQGLWGLIILFXOWWRFKDQJHRXUSDWWHUQVRIOHDUQLQJ" It is difficult, because: • it is painful for some of us to un-learn rote learning techniques • it seems to threaten the ways we are used to doing things • it takes time and effort to change habits • the new advice sometimes sounds unappealing and impractical You are probably able to add a few of your own reasons why you may find it difficult to change old habits! 6RLVWKHUHVRPHWKLQJ,FDQGRWRKHOSP\PHPRU\"
The answer is a definite YES to this question. Often, you will first be expected to memorise basic facts, ideas and key words before being able to reason a point of view or to think critically about certain points. And this all starts with reading for...
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