-“isms”, History, close reading and speed reading
Theo spoke about writing essays, and that whenever you write about something in an essay, and you claim that to be the truth, you must find evidence and reference it to support your claims which ensures your essay is academic, correctly informed (no false claims) and accurate.
Theo’s study skills was very helpful in reference to Illustration, as he mentioned important references to art essays, by saying that when you write about artwork, that saying “modern” references artwork from the 1850’s-1950’s, and that anything after this period should be refered to as “contemporary “. Aswell as this, he mentioned which three main categories you should consider when comparing artwork; aesthetics, Geographic/Temporal, and conceptual.
Theo Humphries also said that you should never say “The history of…” as this implies you have summarised the entire history and all the different takes on the subject, which is pretty much impossible to do as that would mean including every individuals opinion of the event that occurred, and referencing people and things that although were effected by the event that occurred, had no impact on the future events that directly followed the event. So rather than “The history of…” you should always say “A history of…” .
Theo’s advice on close reading was an effective and helpful, he suggested circling words you don’t understand, then finding their meanings, and by highlighting key words and sentences in the text you are looking at, re-writing it in terms you up fully understand and then creating a short summary in your own words.