It's the time of the year where there are way too many assignments, tests, projects, exams, reports, and presentations due all at the same time. I found myself the other day giving a few survival tips for my students (project management tips like meeting deadlines, planning etc). Many students will need to catch up on some of their reading between assignments and studying for exams.
Here are a few tips to help finish reading a text, whether it's an article, a textbook chapter, a short story or even a novel.
- Take a break
- Highlight important parts to help your understanding
- Read a little bit every night before bed
- Read while commuting by bus
- Make notes on the margins to remind you of ideas/concepts
- Draw diagram to explain concepts, link ideas, categorize timelines
- Sketch out a family tree if you're reading a book with many characters
- Skim through the text before starting to read
- Research the topic
- Summarize or paraphrase paragraph/page
- Talk about it with a friend, classmate, or teacher
- Read the ending, and then go back and read the rest
- Reading by deadline? Divide the number of pages by the number of days you have to read the book, follow that number every day for completion
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