Now that the semester is in full swing, I think it’s time we discuss the one thing that every college student hates: reading assignments. LONG reading assignments, to be specific. They’re every student’s worst nightmare, causing an abundance of stress and sucking enormous amounts of time out of our already packed schedules. To make matters worse, by the time we finish the reading assignments, we still don’t understand half of what was said, much less be able to remember it all by the time quiz day rolls around.
It’s no wonder why some students skip reading the textbook all together.
I’ll admit that I’ve been one of those students who zones out during assignments before, with the cause being a wide variety of things: other homework assignments on my mind, tiredness, uninterest in the subject, etc. What frustrated me the most was that I wouldn’t realize that I was mindlessly reading until several minutes had passed, meaning that I would have to go back and read everything all over again, thanks to the guaranteed reading quizzes.
While these quizzes kept me on my toes, they didn’t solve the problem of me zoning out, and the time wasted between doing the original reading and the re-reading definitely put some extra stress on my schedule. As the semester continued on, I knew I would need to find a new method of tackling these types of assignments, and fast.
The good news is that it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be! Switching to a new method not only made it much more possible to survive long reading assignments, but it also gave me a better understanding of them, and much more free time in the long run. That reason in itself is enough to try this out! Here is the breakdown of everything I did: [Read more…]