You picture yourself holding that shiny acceptance letter to the college of your choice. You think to yourself – the hard part is now over! But the harsh reality is, your hard work is only just beginning. Donalyn Miller, keynote speaker at the 2017 Virginia Association of School Librarians Conference, dropped a heavy statistic on her audience. One of the top reasons students do not graduate on time (or at all) is due to the increased workload colleges expect students to keep pace with. On average, students are required to read 300 – 800 pages A WEEK, for their coursework. When is the last time you have read that much per month? Unfortunately for many of us, it has been a while. Our reading stamina is severely lacking. So what can be done?
- Uh, Read. Read everything you come across – road signs, the back of the cereal box, the newspaper (do people still get those?)
- Reconnect with a good book. If you are not enjoying what you’re reading, odds are your book is going to collect dust on your nightstand. Find something better.
- Find a better reading spot. If you’re comfy, you will be more likely to read for longer. May we suggest the amazing pods in the back of the library?
- Limit distractions. This seems like a no-brainer, but if reading isn’t your preferred go-to activity it won’t take much to lose your focus. Put the phone away (or turn off notifications), turn off the television, and read!
- Build good habits. Just like anything you’ve ever had to learn it takes practice and setting yourself up for success.
Share with us below all the amazing things you are reading (Mrs. Hiltner is keeping tabs on her Twitter @MrsHiltnerReads). Our anticipated Book Birthday in your Research Library is November 12th! We can’t wait!