Thinking about the different texts

Of course the texts that you have chosen to look at will have different features and your list will not be the same, although there are likely to be some similarities with our example. However, whatever the kinds of text chosen, thinking about the differences that you have identified can help with your reading. If you can see why you find reading a particular article, chapter or book difficult -in other words, what it is about the text and your reading of it that makes it hard - then you are halfway to solving the problem. Think again about why a particular piece of reading seems difficult. Is it because the sentences are very long? Is it because there are a lot of new and unfamiliar ideas being explained? Is it because the vocabulary is new to you? Is it a combination of all three, or is there something else that makes it difficult for you? For example, you may disagree with the ideas expressed in the text and therefore become irritated or bored when reading it. If this happens try to use the text constructively. Examine what it is that you do not like about the text. Think about why you disagree with the author. Sometimes you will find yourself having to read a text that you just do not get on with because it is essential reading. The section below on 'fitting together' reading (see 5.8) should help you tackle a piece of reading despite your initial responses to it.

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