Thursday, 18 September 2014

How to Drag Yourself Through a Difficult Book

Studying for my A Levels I get a lot of set reading that, to be completely honest, bores me to tears. I struggled over summer reading 5 (yes 5!!) books for sixth form, one of which was written in Spanish. Don't get me wrong I love my subjects, but we all have books sometimes that we find really tough and we need that little extra effort to get through it.

Set yourself a target for each day. 

I found it really helpful to set myself targets, I will make sure I read at least 10 pages a day. This gives me something to aim for and will also ensure that I will finish it in the time I need to. I find that if I just read a little bit here and there, I will get bored after two pages and just put the book down but if I have a target I will keep going and feel an accomplishment when I finish it. 

Treat yourself!
My history teacher said to me that when she has a lot of reading to do she will keep some snacks beside her like some peanut M&Ms and every time she finishes a chapter she will give herself one. She also said it used to be biscuits when she was taking her degree but since she put on half a stone before when she did that, she has now switched to something smaller. This is not the healthiest option but I've tried it and it definitely makes the chore a lot more enjoyable!

Take breaks.
It is inevitable that you will not be able to focus on a book you aren't enjoying for three hours straight. The time you can concentrate will be different from your friends but try out half an hour at a time giving yourself a break in between to take a walk or make a drink or catch up on a YouTube video. This is a good way to keep the time you are reading productive and focused rather than drifting off and ending up taking a nap on your bed (I'm guilty of this).

Plan ahead
If like me you have a lot of books to read at once, you need to make sure you make time for each one so you can finish them in the time you need to. For example reading one book Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays, and another Tuesdays Thursdays and Saturdays. Personally I find it quite difficult to read more than one or two books at once, so in this way you can get through books without straining yourself to remember where you left off.

 Be realistic
None of us can do it all, if you really can't handle all the work you've been given you need to tell your teacher. I am really bad at admitting defeat but your health is definitely more important than a grade. I have spoken to teachers before when it has all become too much and they were so grateful I did because they go on the basis that if nobody is seen to be complaining they can handle it. They need to know if it's too much as much as you need the relief! 

So there you have it, my tips on getting through difficult reading! Let me know if you have any more to add or if you just want to have a moan together about excessive homework that's more than fine too!

P.S Sorry I haven't posted in a couple of weeks, I'm making this mid-week one to make up for it, I'm just getting back into the swing of things at sixth form!

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