The time I usually spent reading when I was younger was now being spent doing homework and sports. At the time was taking pre-AP classes and playing soccer. All my pre-AP teachers drowned me in class work and homework, the time left after completing my school work was filled with soccer. I usually spent two to four hours practicing or playing soccer. Along with no time to read, I began to think reading was nerdy and useless.
Despite me disliking reading and writing, these past 3 semesters of college I have done more reading than I did my entire high school career. At times when reading, I will find myself reading the same paragraph five times because I keep distracting myself while reading. This also led to me not understanding the text. I had to find ways to read more efficiently. I researched ways to improve reading skills. While researching, the technique that helped most was highlighting important points in my readings. I have not reread a single paragraph out of being distracted since. I also find it much easy to understand and follow text by reading summaries prior. I may not excel in reading and writing but I am much more proficient in it. Being literate in reading and writing has helped me become more literate in many other areas in
At this point in my life I find myself in an interesting predicament regarding my attitudes toward reading and writing; more so towards reading. Years ago I used to love reading books for pleasure but nowadays I find myself reading things that little to no effort to digest. This includes the very basic posts on facebook expressing one’s opinion on something or articles and threads on reddit discussing topics I find intriguing. Perhaps it’s the severe senioritis that has overcome me as I enter my last semester at Chapman University. As I’ve gotten lazier I can see it start to reflect in my everyday life. Deep down I still love to read but I rarely find myself getting truly invested into the action unless it relates to something I am very
As a reader on a scale from 1 to 10, I rate myself a 5 because I rarely read. The last time I read a full novel was in January 2015. In class, if I am told to read, I try to only read the parts I require or is the answer. On very rare occasions, I do read news articles, but usually only a few parts or lines of it. I usually try to watch the news rather than read it which doesn’t benefit me as a reader since I have a little to no want in reading. I probably have to learn quite a bit more than just how to be a great reader but perhaps actually how to read.
A Majority of the time I will only read what I have been assigned because reading will not be my preference of task simply because I will lose focus and wonder off into thinking about what my girlfriend might be doing. My useful method that I discovered about myself when reading alone so I can remain focused is looking up summaries of the book like spark notes, before I read so I can understand the text more clearly. It is probably the worst thing to do because it does ruin the suspense or purpose of reading the book anyways, but it helps with remaining concentrated. I feel that I am this way because I am really picky with what I like to read, which in my case may be informative magazines like Men’s health that can teach me something useful. I don 't have the best experiences with reading, possibly because teachers never showed us what
Time management makes reading difficult to accomplish. Between school and my duties at home, free time is difficult to come around. I do take naps, which give me more energy to do my work for school, but, that replaces my reading time. Indeed, it is my fault for not having time to read, but the other actions I consider as my duties calm my brain. Not to mention, when my mother goes to some place she usually drags me along with her as a companion. If I could manage my time more sensibly, reading would be another relax method.
There’s a lot of things I could do to become a better reader, which I am already doing now. Sometimes there just had to be the right place for it. I get easily distracted, but thats something to work on, like blocking everything out.
I still remember today what my middle school English teacher told me, “It is not the reading you hate, it is the books you are reading. You just need to find the type of books that you enjoy and then that is when reading will start to mean something more to you.” It took a while, but I eventually did find the type of books that I love. The first books that opened my eyes were the titles Beastly, The Twilight Saga, The Last Song, Uglies, and Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. It opened a whole new world to me and I continued to find books that I thoroughly enjoyed- which I would have never imagined happening. Then one day, I stumbled upon First Date and Staring Me by Krista McGee and I fell in love. I read them at least ten times a piece. Every time I got a book project, and I got to choose the book, I choose one of those. If I got a book project with a new teacher and she did not know that I had already read those books, I would read them again. There were numerous times when my parents found out that I did not sleep at all the previous night because I stayed up reading. Do not get me wrong, they were glad I was reading, but they were not very enthused that I stayed up all night to read. This continued through high school when I began to adventure out to new authors, such as John Green, Steven Chbosky, and F. Scott
Reading has had a place in my life from a young age with two young working parents putting themselves through school, books often kept me busy and quiet. When I started elementary school it took me longer to develop my reading skills if it wasn’t for my favorite book series Amelia Beldia I don’t think I ever would have caught up. The moment I fell in love with reading I was in second grade on a school night I stayed up all night reading a long book about animals. I even woke up my parents at 4 am to tell them how proud I was of myself. Reading in a classroom setting is difficult for me when I'm not interested in the story. The proficiency tests throughout the years k-5th where the worst. Terrible short stories about potato farming, bird flight patterns were not interesting enough to keep my hyperactive mind on track. Against all odds, I was able to focus and graduate
In my reading now, I read every day at home and at school. I read from 10 to 20 pages at school and at home. At home, I am reading 20 minutes at home, which is the minimum number of minutes you should read. My favorite types of books are Realistic Fiction, Biography, and Fantasy. My favorite book, according to 6th grade is probably Game Changers, where Ben and Shawn want to be friends, but they're both fighting for the starting spot at QB. Ben gets the spot and replaces Shawn but they end up friends and win the Championship game.
A problem I ran into a lot during this project was difficult vocabulary in the books I read. The main character of An Abundance of Katherines was a genius, so he used very large words and math formulas that were hard to understand. Because of this, I read slower and therefore a low reading rate at the beginning. In Midwives, many medical terms were used that I was not familiar, which led me to abandon it. Romeo and Juliet was definitely confusing for me at times because of the old language, but the translations made it much easier. From all of these books, I learned that a difficult vocabulary, although it is helping me learn, makes me read a lot slower.
Starting this year, every day we start class with ten minutes of independent reading time. I really enjoy this time. It allows me to choose genres that interest me, which in turn encourages me to read more. As I start reading
The first technique is to “read ten to twenty minutes every day” (citation article 1). The second technique I discovered was “reading material I liked” which would increase my possibilities of improving my reading skills. (citation article 2)
I haven't always been keen on reading as I am today. I can’t really remember the reason for my distaste in literature, but I think it mostly came from me just thinking that reading was too difficult or I was just me being a stubborn six year old not wanting to do it, but none the less I was like this for a lot of my earlier years. I was able to read a small amount of text because my parents teaching me, using Doctor Seuss books like Cat and the Hat and One FIsh Two Fish Red Fish Blue FIsh as learning tools to help me become more fluent. I never really understood reading until my stepmom moved in with us. Since my sister and I were still very young
My reading experiences have always been enjoyable. I love to read when I find an interesting book. It’s easy for me to be sucked into a book if the story catches my eye. I mostly like to read teen romance novels. They appeal to me simply because of my interest in a love story. My parents hate buying me books because they know I’ll be finished reading within a week or so. Reading has always been really easy to me. It seems almost natural to be sucked into other worlds. The words start to flow over the pages and suddenly it feels like I’m not even reading anymore. Unless I have to read a book for school or it doesn’t catch my attention, I might have a hard time bringing myself to read it.