Introduction to University Learning

Introduction to University Learning

Question 1

Topic Two: Identify three key words and two key concepts linked to the

topic ‘University Culture‘

Question 2

Topic Two: Provide the full bibliographic details for one chosen reading for topic two (in Chicago


HINT: …you can find the exact reference details for the readings on the contents page of your reader). You are encouraged to use

the Northedge reading for this entry.

Question 3

Topic Two: What are the key terms ofthe chosen reading?

List the key terms and concepts

ofthe reading (these should be about three to five wordslconcepts only).

Question 4

Topic Two: What is the thesis for the chosen


Outline the thesis in one complete sentence.

Hint: This is the central pointlargument ofthe paper. Identify and write this down

IN YOUR OWN WORDS…in other words paraphrase it PLUS use in-text referencing!

Question 5

Topic Two: Summarise chosen reading and include

two (correctly referenced) quotations.

One detailed paragraph in which you outline the main supporting points.

Two quotations from the

reading that are useful in understanding the text and that may be useful in your essays.

HINT: write 5-10 of well connected and

‘flowing’ sentences per paragraph…this is the ‘story’ ofthe reading, assume no prior knowledge ofthe reading on behalf ofthe

reader. No more than 10% ofthe paragraphls should be directly quoted. Use the ‘third person’ and in text referencing.

Question 6


Two: Complete a paraphrase using the following guidelines.

Choose one ofthe quotations that you included in the summary.

Quote: copy the

complete passage (include quotation marks and appropriate in-text referencing).

Paraphrase: Write a paraphrase ofthe original passage,

giving attention to retaining the author’s meaning in its particular context (include appropriate in-text referencing).

Learning how to

paraphrase is an important part of writing in the university culture. Each paraphrase entry involves understanding the meaning ofthe chosen
passage within the reading. A passage can be a sentence or a group of sentences.Remember, a paraphraseinvolves changing the words AND‘
sentence structure of a short passage WHILE retaining original meaning.

Question 7

Topic Two: Complete a critical reflection for the topic

‘Critical thinking‘ using the following guidelines:

One to two paragraphs of critical reflections on the topic. Critical reflection

involves both critique (critical thinking about the content) and reflection (what you think about because ofthe reading and lecture).


part ofthis analysis, think about how this reading and lecture relates to the week’s topic -the introduction to the topic in the Unit
Reader may be useful here. Also consider how this reading builds on or links to other TLC12O readings and lectures. Are there common
concepts or themes? Are there contrasts and similarities?

Your analysis can also include your response to the content ofthe reading and

lecture, your views on the strengths (if any) and weaknesses (if any) ofthe arguments put forward. You can also comment on the style and
structure ofthe reading and lecture – are there any aspects that could be models for your own writing?

Lastly consider how this reading

and lecture relates to your own experience as a learner. Are there any aspects that are familiar? Are there any aspects that help you to
further understand university expectations and the university culture.

Hint: Use the three E’s: evidence, examples and explanation to

‘back up’ and academically support every knowledge claim you make J. HINT: Pretend you are writing a one paragraph review for an
academic ‘blog’ which WILL be pubIished…make sure that all the punctuationlreferencinglevidencelreferencing is CORRECT BEFORE
submission to maximize marks J. This task prepares you for writing academic essays…keep this in mind while you are writing…ie use the
‘third person’, use a formal academic tone etc. Make sure that this paragraph would make sense to someone who has never read the


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