Focused Reading – How to prioritize College reading assignments


Every college student feels overwhelmed by the reading of the load from time to time. But you still need to learn Some part from all the books you bought! Here are some tips to help you save time by prioritizing reading tasks. Before you start reading, you need to determine the purpose of your reading

1. “I love this book! It is my great!” If this task is associated major or future career and you need to build further education on it – read it carefully. Start with the preview section by reading the title and chapter headings. Then write 3 to 5 questions based on the project on a separate sheet. Use pictures, charts and graphs to create questions if necessary. Next, read the entire chapter or article and looking for answers to questions that you write. Write your answers to each question paper. This will help focus your attention while reading.

2. “We will have a thesis project on this subject.” If you know you will write a research paper or essay on a topic, you can not know every detail. After previewing the section / article (read the title of the section or article and preview section headings), read the first paragraph of each new section and the first sentence of each paragraph. This will give you a very good outline of the subject. Pay close attention to bold or italicized words and the definitions you see. You will probably need to use this information when writing your article.

3. “We are discussing this topic in class tomorrow.” If this topic has nothing to do with your major or career, but you have to go on class participation, you will need to know the basics with some supporting information. Preview section (read the title, chapter headings and first sentence of each paragraph) and jot down a few notes. Make notes either on the margins or on a separate sheet – the choice is yours. If you see any words in a special type (bold, italic, underline, etc.), and read the words and write their definitions. This will give you enough information so you can answer direct questions from teachers. Also, consider using post-it notes along the edge of the book to mark the “quick reference” level.

4. “I should probably say a few things in class on this topic.” If this topic is not related to your major or career, but you have to know enough to add two cents on the bench, you should know the basics. Preview section (read the title, chapter headings and first sentence of each paragraph). Do not worry about writing a lot of notes. Instead, read and understand the concepts, definitions, and any charts or other graphics section. Next, choose your “Top 3” Talking points and use post-it notes to mark the place. So you can take the book with you and reference it on the bench. You probably will not be able to answer important questions thinking, but you will not be lost either.

Knowing the purpose of reading is one of the key priorities reading load. Follow these steps and you’ll free up time to focus on subjects that really interest you. Remember that time is tight – you can not add 25 hours a day! Control reading load and you will be free to spend some of those bedtime!

By Jeff stickler