Getting Ready to Read
Know yourself as a reader – Identify your strengths as a reader. Build an understanding of when you read with greatest retention, how long you read with good concentration, and how you read for greatest comprehension. Plan your reading assignments based on that information. If you read “best” in the early morning it makes sense to get up a little earlier than to stay up a little later.
The readings are an assignment – Be clear about the importance of the reading assignment. Just because there is nothing to “turn in” to the instructor doesn’t diminish the necessity for reading everything assigned for the week. Your goal is to be a successful learner. Reading the assigned readings is an important piece of reaching that goal.
Keep current on reading assignments – Don’t let yourself get behind on the weekly readings. There is plenty of reading to tackle for each week. Falling behind will create an almost impossible amount of reading. Try to get a sense of how much time is needed each week to read the assigned material. Plan daily and weekly study times to get your reading done.
Academic reading takes time – Be realistic in how much time it takes to accomplish the reading. Academic reading is a more intentional and intense type of reading. Allow plenty of time to thoughtfully and carefully read the assigned material.
Set a reading schedule - Be sure to first decide what days and times reading can be completed and in the most effective way. Reading late at night may not work for everyone, especially if you find yourself nodding off in between paragraphs. Find the time that works best for you and your schedule, but a time that will allow you to read for understanding. Put the times you’ve set aside for reading in your calendar and decide which readings you’ll read during those times. Try to stick with it, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get to everything you’ve scheduled for yourself. Just remember to always reschedule readings you haven’t been able to get to in order to ensure you’ve covered them all.
Organize your reading materials –Have your readings all together in one place so you don’t waste time tracking down where you left your textbook or finding where you hid that article. Use your time to read, not to find what you need to read. Have your Syllabus, Activity Checklist and Readings Grid on hand to determine exactly what you need to read for the Module. Cross off each reading as you complete it.
Read in manageable amounts – Sitting down to tackle all your readings at one time will likely leave your mind spinning, so decide what amount of reading seems manageable for you in the time you’ve allowed for yourself and go from there.
Find your reading spot. Finding a comfortable yet productive spot to read is very important. A spot that allows you to focus will be key.