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One thing that will boost your chances of getting into universityLife More Extraordinary. Do you want to go to university? For many young ambitious people university is the next step on the road to achieving their hopes and dreams. But there’s a lot of confusion and a lack of understanding about how to stand out from the crowd when you apply. If you do this one thing it will majorly boost your chances of a place at your chosen university. What is it? Reading around your subject. Why do you need to read around a subject? Put yourself in someone else’s shoes… Firstly, put yourself in the shoes of the people reading your application at your chosen university.

They have made it their life’s work to study the subject you’re applying for. They have to read dozens, if not hundreds, if not thousands of applications every year. What you should be thinking is – how can I make their job easier? Answer: make yourself stand out from the crowd. How do you make yourself stand out from the crowd? Demonstrate that you’re passionately interested in the subject you’ve chosen to study. 5 things every new (secondary) teacher should know about reading.

Reading’s a funny old business. Generally, secondary school teachers expect kids to come with a pre-loaded reading module. If they have it, all well and good. If they don’t, we’re stuffed. Luckily, the vast majority of students can read by the start of Year 7, even if they say they can’t. But being able to read and being able to access the kind of material required to be academically successful are not at all the same thing. When I started teaching I knew next to nothing about reading, and I was meant to be an English teacher! 1. The ability we call reading is vastly complex.

Teachers rely on children’s language comprehension skills to deliver curriculum content, but this is very difficult if students have shaky word recognition skills. 2. Psycholinguist ED Hirsch Jr says, “If decoding does not happen quickly, the decoded material will be forgotten before it is understood.” 3. Maybe you can, but are you any clearer about what the passage means? 4. Vocabulary breaks down into 3 tiers.