Ameer talks about collating research and evidence to form his own opinion
Chapter details: Ameer discusses techniques for using reading lists, research and evidence to create original interpretations and analysis
Ameer
Subject: Chemistry
Student status: Home, Finalist
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The more duplications of research you cover the more points of view you get from different authors so if you take it on a knowledge basis, if you don't understand a certain thing from one book you can always look another book to try and clarify any uncertainties or any gaps in your knowledge, right.

Also, from there, you can also come up with your own opinion into that research area or whatever and say "well, OK do I believe in that or do I not believe in that? If I do believe in that, why do I believe in that?" and obviously you've got to come up with evidence as well to back up whatever you're saying so from the starting point you may think that the lecturer is only giving you names of books because he just wants you to go and read those books and that's it but actually, what he's trying to do is say OK, have a look at these books; these books will give you references to another book, right and then eventually you will come full circle and what you'll have is a whole host of evidence to back up a statement that you may want to come up with or an idea you may want to come up with.

That's the key thing I think from there. I guess you can call that another skill in itself just trying to collate evidence for whatever to back up whatever you're trying to say. I mean it's,  again you can apply that to real life situation as well whether it be, you know, for example at work, if you're in court, if you know; whether you're making a claim against something, a whole host of things. That's why I think university as a whole is a key, is a key area of your life.