Advising students on reading: prioritising reading lists
Duration: 1 minute : 46 seconds
Andrew Fisher (School of Humanities).
Andrew Fisher, Philosophy:
Also I use the internet for reading so if some key text, typically the bold ones that are in the module guide, what I'll do is I'll have links on WebCT to them online, so they could read the books online or get the articles. That's useful because it saves them if they're out of campus it saves them coming in, trying find the library, locate everything; so it's good in that sense.
But for seminars as well I set, typically, seminar questions (quite a few), but then particular chapters to read; I don't just say "Right, come back and tell me everything you know about Aquinas" I'll say "Right, in this chapter or in this part look at these questions, this reading will help."
So, it's very daunting, I think, if the students get just a whole load of stuff to read, and they think, especially coming from the A-Level mentalities, is they have to read every single thing and get everything done, and its not like that, and I try and focus it in in that way - so structure questions, bold is the really essential, and online resources.