Re-introducing reading week for courses without one

by Jessica Porter 27 October 2017, 10:50

Category: Academic Support

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Many students feel that to no longer have a reading week means that they do not have time to focus solely academically on their assignments and any extra reading. If a reading week was reinstated, they would achieve higher marks and would feel more supported by the university. This idea would possibly improve NSS scores for student support.


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    Abbie Storan   wrote, 27-10-2017 - 16:55

    I myself am doing an English and creative writing course: we need to need three full books per week and we DONT have a reading week.

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    Jessica Porter   wrote, 27-10-2017 - 21:29

    I agree Abbie. As a literature and language student, time is needed to read novels alongside academic linguistic texts. Many students who don't have a reading week have expressed this wish to have one

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    Jamie Fisher   wrote, 01-11-2017 - 18:18

    This would most certainly be a welcome addition to our calendars. A reading week is essential as it gives students the opportunity to not only revise but complete work that we are at times unable to do due to our hectic academic schedules.

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    Charlotte Horsfield   wrote, 07-11-2017 - 12:57

    A reading week would mean students would stand a better chance of achieving higher assignment marks and would also mean have more time to complete all of the required reading. The current system where there is no reading week in semester one does not benefit staff or students .

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    Kieran Stockton   wrote, 08-11-2017 - 10:31

    There's plenty of time outside class for reading! It'd just be another excuse for students to bunk off. If a student wants to do reading, they'd find the time during the week to do it. There are 168 hours in a week, a fraction is taken actually in class, myself 9 hours. That's 159 hours of time to do reading. If that's not enough then the students priorities probably aren't in order!

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    Hope Bragg   wrote, 08-11-2017 - 12:39

    I totally disagree Kieran! Between doing an English Literature degree, having a social life, earning money, getting enough sleep, comitting to societies, making time for family and myself, and teching, and then having to read a novel, a chapter, and a play per week, when assessments come around it would be super beneficial for us to have reading weeks as our assessments are based soley upon what we read! If we are struggling to keep up with the reading (as it is difficult to sometimes) then a reading week would better prepare us for our assessment/exam. Saying that students would bunk off for that time is generalising and simply not true. The students that do so do not, as you say, have their priorities straight, which should not affect the majority of students that would benefit greatly from that bit of extra time to catch up!

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    Kieran Stockton   wrote, 08-11-2017 - 17:52

    @HopeWorth There lies your problem i'm afraid Hope. University and readings are on the back burners it sounds like! Before you do anything with a society, go on a night out, visit family or even get a job with committed hours you should ensure your reading is can be done first. It is your fault if you can't do reading, look at all the things you listed as an excuse. If reading was that important you would sacrifice some of your social life to do it. There is more than enough time to do reading, make time for it. I'd prefer my tuition to actually go towards being taught for a week instead of a reading week which let's face it students would treat as a half term so social life would take centre stage. All i can say is Priorities. 168 hours in a week. Do your reading before going out with friends and having a 'social life', plain and simple!

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    Stephanie Simpson   wrote, 17-11-2017 - 14:09

    Kieran try fitting three books a week around a four year old plus homework and reading, a house to keep clean and run and a relative which you're a carer for... Then tell me we don't need a reading week! I wish I even had time for a social life which to prioritise over my reading.

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    Kieran Stockton   wrote, 17-11-2017 - 15:24

    Shouldn't bite off more than you can chew. If it's that difficult to read 3 books in a week, what difference would a reading week have? A reading week in which you'd have even more to read and the only extra time you would get is missing class. Makes no sense!

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