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4 Different Ways to do Your Reading

 Written by    February 23, 2017

Howdy folks!

Well, it’s just about halfway through the semester, which means I’m in the thick of all my classes. As an English major taking 18 credit hours, this means…you guessed it, a lot of reading! (Like, a lot, a lot of reading).

But, regardless of your major, chances are you’re going to have some reading in your time at college. And, whether it’s a lot or a little, there’s a good chance you’re going to be thrown some reading you’re not the most enthralled to do. So, I’ve come up with four different ways to do your reading to shake up the monotony!

1. Cycling Machine/Elliptical/Treadmill Reading

Read at the gym and get your fit on at the same time! For me, this is doubly effective. On the one hand, the exercise keeps me from falling asleep while reading something, and on the other, the reading keeps me (at least moderately) distracted from the fact that I’m exercising. Plus, you can maximize your free time this way! I.e. If you get your reading done while working out, you have one less thing to leave time for, meaning more Netflix time.

2.Treat Yo Self Reading

Alright, I didn’t magically come up with this on my own and it’s probably something that you’ve seen on Pinterest, but I can tell you from experience that it works. Leave yourself little treats periodically on the page to motivate you! Bonus tip: if you’re on a dining plan, you can take some M&M’s from the dessert bar.

3.Valley Girl Reading

Every couple of paragraphs or pages (or just when you feel yourself start to drift off), stop and summarize what you’ve just read out loud. I personally think this is most fun in accents or voices, especially the valley girl voice. “So, like, he was totally just going on and on about the nihilism of Darwin and how that, like, totally freaked Tennyson out. So, Tennyson was like Ew, nature like…”

4.Sit up, Read up Reading

Pretty simple: hold the book or iPad or printed article in your hands, lie down on the floor, do some sit ups as you read. It’s fairly similar in its benefits with the first one, with the added bonus, though, of not having to leave the comfort of your room. My freshman year, Shakespeare sit-ups were a staple of my week.

Indecisively yours,



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