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    Are you able to read all the required readings?

    created by Allan Varghese 8 days 15 hours 55 minutes ago

    Category: Education

    Are you able to read all the required readings?

    Hey all,

    Just wondering whether you are able to read all the required readings for your courses.

    I find it hard to keep up with it. Therefore I am just curious how you all juggle with the weekly readings.

    Please feel free to share your thoughts.

    Thanks
    Allan

    Re: Are you able to read all the required readings?

    I have to go to a library in order to keep up, otherwise I get distracted.

    Re: Are you able to read all the required readings?

    Hello,

    I do prefer to read the whole text book instead of just going over the power point slides, since they do give provide a great deal of background. But, you are right, I too get bored when it is not the subject I like or I have to read. I do skim over a lot.

    Re: Are you able to read all the required readings?

    Hey Allan,

    A good friend, mentor, and educator who I was lucky enough to meet told me this. The key to graduate school is skimming.

    Now I don't know what level your education is, but that's her tip.

    Personally I've found that for my required readings I have to read them all otherwise I won't be able to involve myself as much in class discussions. These discussions are 50% of the grade and in that specific case I would sometimes have to read and re-read in order to fully understand what the theorist was writing about.

    At first it was a lot to juggle with my other classes, but I just had to buckle down and quite honestly I pretended to like reading and to like spending the time reading. I pretended until I actually did enjoy it.

    Oh, and last tip. I always look up summaries to see if someone else has a synopsis that can help me understand the text.

    -Bella

    Re: Are you able to read all the required readings?

    Hey Alan,

    I understand what you mean. Some of the required readings are extremely dry and boring. In my psychology ethics class we have to read an ethics manual, and some parts I just have to skim because it does not catch my attention.

    Re: Are you able to read all the required readings?

    Thanks for your comments !!!

    Yeah I am learning the 'art of skim reading' (that's what I call it). I believe that's the one best way to keep it moving in the graduate course.

    At the same time, I think it's vital to give more close attention to introductions and summaries if we are doing the skim reading. I feel like introduction and summaries of a journal article or a chapter hold the entire chapter together. They are like main pillars and so by reading them shall provide us with the basic awareness of the text and the author's position.

    Thanks again for your comments !!!
    Allan