Summer is a blessed time for sleeping in, going to the beach, but also struggling with the tedious list of obligatory books to read. We all know these individuals who postpone everything and try to catch up before the start of the summer reading session in a maddening week before class resumes. But you can save yourself that kind of stress and get through your summer reading while still having enough time to relax and enjoy your vacation, if you put together a reading schedule and stick to it. This article will teach you how to make a plan to manage your reading list and not let it down. We also give you some tips to read faster and process this list faster.
Part 1 of 3: Make a plan
Step 1. Create a reading program for yourself
Go through your list of books and know exactly which books you should be reading this summer. Then make a list with the titles of the books followed by the number of pages of each. Then read the back cover or go online and find a short summary of each book to get an idea of their topic.
You could check off books that really interest you by putting a plus sign or cross next to the title, as well as a circle or minus sign next to those you find less tempting. As you build your reading schedule, alternate between books you can't wait to read and ones you dread. Putting aside all the books you don't want to read at the last moment is the best way not to finish them
Step 2. Make your own reading list
You can create your own list of books to read if you haven't been asked to read some, but feel like you need a bit of summer reading for your general knowledge or to prepare. a college entrance. Ask a teacher or librarian for advice, or go online for suggestions.
- Most French high schools offer online summer readings to their future students as well as to reading enthusiasts.
- The same goes for most French libraries which offer book titles according to the age of the reader.
Step 3. Get the books you need to read
Order these books as soon as possible, if you must purchase them. If you are going to borrow these books from the library, be aware that it might not have the volumes you need when you need to read them. You should therefore do it in advance and redo your list according to the books that are available for loan.
- Consider sharing books with classmates. It will take a little more forethought, but it can also lower your costs.
- Consider electronic versions of these books, which allow you to reread them on an e-reader or on your phone and take them anywhere.
Step 4. Consider your type of productivity
Are you more the type to work in small regular doses or rather the one who has a strenuous activity shortly before having to return a job? You're probably not going to magically change your style, especially not in the summer. You should therefore find a system that suits you.
Step 5. Create reading schedules for yourself
Take a diary or make a calendar that shows the days you have left before the start of the school year. Also write down the activities or stays that you have scheduled. You can still read during these times, even if you will read less. Then decide on the order in which you are going to tackle your books and write a program that takes into account the way you work.
- You should set yourself a specific number of pages to read per day if you tend to work steadily and orderly. Calculate the total number of pages you need to read and the total number of days you read, then divide one by the other. Write the daily reading goal in your planner and try to achieve it each day.
- It's best to set yourself a specific deadline for each book, if you're more of the type to procrastinate and do your homework at the last minute. You could, for example, plan to end Malaise dans la civilization by Sigmund Freud on July 15 and Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar on July 25 and so on. You should try to read every day, but you will at least get to the end of your odyssey if you end up staying up late at night to meet your deadline.
Step 6. Plan for motivation
Scheduling a reward every time you finish a book is a great way to motivate yourself to complete a difficult task. Think about activities you could do each time you finish a book or when you've gone to the end of your list. For example, you could go to the movies, buy yourself a new CD, or take a day off to try out a video game, or just do nothing at all.
- Ask your parents for help. See if they can give you a little extra pocket money every time you finish a book or any other exceptional freebie.
- Make the most of your summer reading schedule. Many municipal libraries offer summer programs to reward young people who read with prizes and raffles. There are also others, organized by private companies in which you could participate.
- Make sure you vary the menu of your readings so that you don't keep the ones you dread reading until the end. You can stay more motivated by keeping the book that interests you the most last, after reading the ones that appeal to you less.
Part 2 of 3: Read
Step 1. Set yourself a reading period
The great thing about reading, of course, is that you can do it almost anytime, anywhere. But picking a specific time of day to do it can help, if what you're reading doesn't really get you excited. Start an alarm clock or set yourself a reminder ringtone on the phone to let you know your reading time and the end of the period, find your book and go for it.
- Allow fairly manageable periods of time. Take short breaks to get up and stretch about every twenty minutes if you read in one go for an hour or more.
- Vary your menu. You don't have to always read in one place. You can do this outside, weather permitting. You can also go to a library or coffee shop near you for a change, if you are tired of reading at home.
Step 2. Take your book with you
You can always find an opportunity to read. You could be stuck in the dentist's waiting room for half an hour or arrive twenty minutes early for a swimming lesson. You can take advantage of these waiting periods if you have taken your book with you and read ahead a bit.
E-books make it even easier for you to read your book right on your mobile phone
Step 3. Read every day
The best way to get to the end of your reading list is to read a little bit every day, regardless of what your schedule is. This will not only help you move forward on your list, but it will also prevent you from losing track of what you were reading and saving you from tedious proofreading.
Step 4. Take notes
You will likely be asked about your readings or asked to do a table assignment on it, if you have to go through a reading list. Taking notes will help you remember what you have read. You probably don't need to make detailed notes, but rather get yourself some basic information like the name of the main characters and their characteristics, a summary of the subject of the story for each chapter.
Step 5. Don't procrastinate
Your schedule can get hectic and almost impossible to keep up if you miss any of your deadlines. If you are lagging behind, cancel other activities if necessary and catch up as soon as possible. You will congratulate yourself at the end of August (or September, if you go to college).
Step 6. Get help
Don't try to guess the meaning of words you don't understand. Check them in a dictionary! Look around for people who have read this book before, if you have a hard time understanding the plot of the story, or read a reading analysis of the work in a library or online.
Reading a book summary or review can help, but it should not replace reading that book
Step 7. Find yourself a book buddy
Meet with whoever is willing to comment on the book and compare their notes to yours, if the person is reading the same book as you. Consider watching the most recent movie together that was inspired by this book when both of you are done reading it, if you can find one. You can then see together how the film differs from the book and which version you prefer. You can also discuss the details of the test you just passed.
Step 8. Enjoy your reading
It can be difficult to get enthusiastic about compulsive reading, but you shouldn't forget that most of the books on your list were chosen because they are really good. Ignore the fact that you have to read every book on your list and try to enjoy the experience. You might be pleasantly surprised at how fun and interesting this vacation homework is.
Part 3 of 3: Learn to read faster
Step 1. Create a good reading environment for yourself
It's hard to read faster if you're distracted or uncomfortable. Reading in a quiet, well-lit environment will help you concentrate better on your book and allow you to remember what you are reading, so that you don't waste time rereading certain passages. Turn off the TV, put your tablet away, and silence your phone. Then make sure you have the right lighting and a comfortable seat for reading.
- Some people can concentrate better with music, while others find it disturbs them too much. Try both to see what works best for you. Instrumental music is generally preferable.
- You can really concentrate better in a noisy environment by using noise canceling headphones or by turning on a white noise recording that you can find online.
Step 2. Use a line guide
Your eyes have to move a lot when you read, and you waste a lot of time every time you look away and then have to find the exact spot where you read. You can either use your index or a ruler to follow the lines of the text and eliminate this type of problem. Just point your finger below the line you are reading and swipe along the page as you progress.
You might feel like you're wasting time at first, but when you do, you should notice a drastic improvement in your reading speed
Step 3. Avoid Spelling
Many people will either spell the words silently or imagine the sound of each word in their head as they read it. It's called indirect vocalization and it slows down reading, although it's a great way to savor a good poem or literary text. You will be surprised at your ability to read much faster.
- Try chewing gum to avoid spelling. This will occupy your mouth and prevent you from mumbling under your breath. You can also chew on a straw or a toothpick or any other harmless object.
- Soft humming can also help some people not to spell, but it can distract them further. Try it on one or two pages, to see if it helps.
Step 4. Use a timer to make you go faster
Get a stopwatch or use a timer on your phone and find out how long it takes you to read a page at a normal pace. Then set in motion a timer set thirty seconds shorter than your usual reading time (thus, you are going to have to read in four minutes and thirty seconds if it took five minutes to read a page) and try to read the other pages as well. this new look. Cut out another thirty more seconds, once you can handle this new playback speed and so on.
- Reading fast is more about concentration than anything else, and using a timer is a great way to force yourself to concentrate better when reading at a run.
- Practice makes the master. You might need your timer for a few days, but you'll be without it when you learn to read faster and more efficiently.
Step 5. Consider attending a crash reading class or use a speed reading app
There are dozens of inexpensive courses and apps designed to read faster and more efficiently. Most of them are based on a handful of tried and tested methods. You will probably never be able to learn to read a thousand words per minute as some advertisements claim, but you will still be able to learn techniques that will increase your reading speed significantly and not only get you going. at the end of your list of books to read for the summer, but also of the growing volume of things you will read in the future.
Step 6. Remember that speed reading is a skill
It is not something innate or not, it is a skill that can be learned and can be improved easily with practice. The more you read, the easier and faster it will be. You should be able to hover over your stack of books by the end of summer!