Studying in the UK
The main purpose of higher education in the UK is to develop students' ability to take a critical view of the world. Module Convenors will expect you to find academic literature that is additional to what will be on your reading list. You will be expected to analyse and criticise what you read.
The University offers a wide range of information, guidance and advice services to help you adjust to the UK academic culture:
- The Academic English Programme provides opportunities to improve your academic skills and language alongside your degree programme study. The programme is free to all fee-paying international/EU students from all departments. It includes courses, webinars and 1:1 consultations.
- Living and Studying in the UK is a short course which will help you prepare before you arrive at Reading.
- Peer Assisted Learning is a framework that fosters cross-year support between students on the same course.
- The Life Tools programme is a series of free talks designed by experts to help you transition into university life and enhance your student experience.
- The Reading Students' Union offers neutral advice to all students on housing, academic matters and money.
- The Study Advice Team in the Library offer seminars, 1:1 consultations, video tutorials, study guides and many more resources. They also offer a Study Smart course designed especially for new undergraduate students.
- Study Skills for Success is a range of resources designed by UKCISA to support with study methods, assessment methods and preparing for academic success.