How college students can make time for out of syllabus reading

Your packed schedule in college might make it tough for you to read anything out of syllabus. Here are things you can do to make that possible.

Created On: Sep 26, 2017 11:32 IST
Modified On: Nov 9, 2017 13:09 IST
How college students can make time for out of syllabus reading
How college students can make time for out of syllabus reading

In today’s rapidly moving college life, even the biggest bibliophiles find it difficult to sit down and read their favorite book. The assignments and subject readings leave us with no time for reading. Some of them, of course, are very good and the ones you will actually want to re-read. But others are just an obligation. Just like other things, if you are passionate about reading, you will find a way to make it happen.

Carry the book wherever you go

Having the book with you at all times will help you in utilizing the time between your classes or any free time in the college. You can read during the breakfast or lunch or while waiting in line to get something done. If the teacher is taking time to come to the class, you can sit outside in the campus and read. Carrying the book with you at all times will also help you in the conditions when you are bored and have nothing else to do.

Read short books

If you like completing the entire book in or two sittings, you can go for a shorter novel which is easy to complete. You will have the satisfaction of having completed the entire book in not that long a time. This will encourage you to read more while making it easy to do it in a short time. The short stories come in extremely handy also when you are not satisfied with your last read. You can refresh your reading list and try titles, authors or genres you never knew would ever get interested. You can try new genres, ranging from planetary romance, nanopunk, or tech-absurd.

Buy kindle

Kindle is the best way to read on the go. It’s an electronic device which is designed for reading. The screen is easy to look at even for large stretches of time. It's convenient and you can carry five thousand books in your purse. It's great for traveling nice to always have a book (or a thousand books) handy when you're waiting in line or stuck between classes. You can get an amazing number of books for free from the Kindle Store or from websites such as the Gutenberg Project. If something isn't available in Kindle format, you can send it as an attachment to a special e-mail address, and it will deliver it automatically to your Kindle. Recent books are also a little cheaper in Kindle format than print. The dictionary feature is especially nice. Put your cursor in front of a word, and you can see the definition of that word immediately. Other than all this, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you save a lot of trees.

Read before sleeping

Reading fiction or enjoyable non-fiction at night before falling asleep is a proven method to relax, put the day behind yourself and prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep. By the same token, you can make it a habit to read a few pages first thing in the morning, or read a chapter after lunch while you are digesting food and getting ready for a productive work session in the afternoon.

Read digitally across all your mobile devices

If you are okay with reading digitally, make sure you have a reader app on all your mobile devices so that you can read whenever you have a free moment. Sync the books on your e-reader with your smartphone and tablet so that you can read them when you are waiting in line in the bank or while I am taking a break during the day. Having a book synced across all devices will help you to read a few pages here and there during the day. By doing this, when you check back on your e-reader at the end of the day, you will see that you will have easily read 20 pages just by reading in snippets of time.

Avoid spending too much time on your social media accounts

We consume so much information and text on social media that when it comes to actually reading the things of your choice, we totally lose interest. Captions, tweets etc bring down our concentration levels considerably because the mind gets used to getting information in less words. This negatively affects the reading habits If you are on social media and keep scrolling through the feeds all day long, in all likeliness you won’t want to read anything after that. So, it would be in your best interests to get rid of the habit.

By following these tips, you can read more and more the things of your choice. Reading is an essential part of life and enriches the mind. Read whatever you like and do not confirm to just one way of reading, one genre or one style of writing.

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