‘Reading’ Week

Posted in Life on March 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Today is the start of Reading Week – no classes for four days following yesterday’s St Patrick’s weekend Bank Holiday. It is a welcome break for me after eight weeks in a row of classes. Most of this week for me will be spent grading Continuous Assessments. I also have the remainder of the semester to plan – though just four more weeks to go …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 19 March]


The joys of mid term

Posted in Life on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Thank God for mid-term, or ‘reading week’ as it is known in some colleges. Time was I would have spent the week on the ski slopes, but these days I see the mid-term break as a precious opportunity to catch up – a nice relaxed week in which I can concentrate on correcting assessments, preparing teaching notes and setting end-of-semester exams …” (more)

[Antimatter, 22 February]


Reading Week

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s Friday of Reading Week – this year it is the 7th week and falls exactly half-way in the semester. Time to catch-up? Take a break? Do research? Plan for the remaining 6 weeks? Try something new? There’s lots of things I could do during this time – so what did I use this break in the semester for? …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 2 November]


A Second Reading Week

Posted in Teaching on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This year in the College we have introduced a second ‘reading week’ – essentially a week in the semester where there are no classes. Our first reading week was back in March – it was week 8 of the semester and coincided with the week that has St Patrick in it …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 13 April]


Reading Week – Good or Bad?

Posted in Teaching on October 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“This week it is the so-called mid-semester ‘Reading Week’ in NCI. Many other Colleges also have a Reading Week, though I’m not sure that all do …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 28 October]


What was all the hard work for?

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2012 by steve

“… As for the holidays, well they’re just ridiculous. He had a full month off for Christmas. He’ll only be back a few weeks and they’ll be off again for a ‘reading week’ (actually two weeks). What are the universities playing at? These academics are well-paid and they should not be getting these kinds of holidays. The students certainly don’t need them. My son established a good study pattern in school and it’s falling apart …” (more)

[Irish Times, 24 January]

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Should universities have ‘reading weeks’?

Posted in Teaching on September 18th, 2011 by steve

“Shortly after the beginning of my career as a university lecturer my department first introduced the concept of a ‘reading week’ – a week around half way through the term when teaching would stop and student were encouraged to reflect on and read back over the materials of the course experienced so far …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 18 September]

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