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ONLINE & PARTICIPATIVE: Purposeful reading of academic texts, peer-reviewed papers and books (Natural and Phys Sciences, incl. Health and Engineering)


About this workshop

If you have loads of articles to read and do not know where to start, this is an interactive workshop for you!

Any student is welcome, whether you are wanting to learn how to read an academic text or how to fine tune your academic article reading skills with scientific publications.  We will also guide you through scientific article structure and touch on some basic speed-reading skills.  The workshop will also teach you how to read and record appropriately, so you can know how to avoid plagiarism.

You will achieve critical thinking skills in reading texts, from this workshop. 


What previous attendees have said about this workshop:

  • “I really enjoyed this workshop and it exceeded my expectations. I have picked up many tips that I plan to implement to improve my skills in reading scientific literature. I will definitely be attending more workshops.”
  • “This has been a very useful workshop. Thank you.”
  • “I have been struggling with academic reading for some time and now with the tips of how each reading can be read, I have now learned a new way which I will be making use off from now on.”


About the presenter

More than 12 years’ experience as a quantitative scientific researcher; supervised and graduated more than 30 postgraduate students; published more than 40 publications; internal and external reviewer of theses; invited presenter at national and international conferences



Online via MS Teams*

*While this workshop is currently scheduled to take place on-line, we may change it to a face-to-face workshop as campus restrictions ease, venues become available, and further consideration is given to the pros and cons of online offerings.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences


* While the workshop is aimed at certain levels of study and faculties, anyone is welcome to join, as long as any stipulated requirements are met, such as participation and/or preparation.



Preparation for the workshop

For this workshop, you will need to bring along one peer-reviewed academic article, text or book of your choice, in electronic or printed format, which you will use during the workshop.

Level of participation at the workshop

This workshop expects participants to be fully verbally and practically engaged and participatory.  Group and interactive plenary discussions will be embedded throughout the workshop.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.

Thursday, August 18, 2022
10:00am - 1:00pm
Prof. Lester Davids
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 79 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Fazeela Felton



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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