Tips for Reading School Assigned Books

I’m sure that many of you face the same problem as me. You love to read, but as soon as your teacher assigns a novel…you can’t focus. You don’t have time for reading (yes you do), and you’re busy (reading other books). I’m writing this article for people who hate reading assigned books, to make the process more bearable.

1. Read with friends. Assign everyone different characters and make everyone have different accents. This sounds really stupid, but trust me, this method will definitely help you remember what is happening in the story. Just make sure that you don’t get too sidetracked.

2. Read a chapter of the assigned reading, and then read a chapter of a book of your choice. This method is a little bit risky, because you might end up just reading your leisure book…. That happens to me quite a lot. However if you can discipline yourself, it could work.

3. Make annotations! If you can get a copy of the assigned reading of your own, I definitely recommend highlighting whatever you like in it, or even making little notes in the margins. Even things like “OMG Marcus is such a douche” or “WHY WOULD HE SAY THAT”. It makes reading that much more enjoyable.

4. Listen to the audiobook. Last semester our class was assigned The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and since it isn’t that long of a novel, my friend laid in his bed and listened to the audiobook, which was only 9 hours. If it’s a classic, you can most likely find it in YouTube.

5. Just read it. Make yourself read it, even if you cry while flipping the pages. You’ll thank yourself later (hopefully).

I hope these tips help, happy reading! (Ps you could always sparks notes it…or just watch the movie…or just wing the essay…)

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