I always get asked by friends how they can read more during school time and I thought I would share some of my tips with you guys 🙂
1) Read things that you’re interested in
You’re not going to get through a book if you’re not fully invested in the content. If you love contemporary or realistic books then you aren’t going to whizz through a high fantasy book. If you’re not interested in what you’re reading about then the book will just drag on and on and on and it will feel twice as long as it already is. You’ll also be more inclined to read a book that you are really enjoying rather than a book that bores you. You’ll find that the books you enjoy are the books that you fly through the fastest and the books that leave a lasting effect on you.
2) Know your reading pace
You can’t expect to read 100 pages in half an hour if it took you a month to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – granted it is a pretty long book. You need to know your limits and know whether 100 pages in a hour is realistic or not for you. Some people might be able to read a whole book in a couple of hours whereas others will only just reach the halfway point. Don’t feel put off by people who read faster than you – we all read at our own pace.
3) Make time to read
I make sure that I have at least half an hour to read before I go to bed and by doing this you insert reading into your schedule. Try and find some time during your day which will always be free and that you have a decent amount of time to read. In five minutes, you’ll probably only read a couple of pages. Or you won’t read at all because you’ll be so busy worrying about how little time you have. Good times to read could be before you go to sleep or in the morning when you wake up. Just find a time and stick to it and by doing this you’ll be able to read for as long as you can with no problems.
4) Take a book everywhere you go
I know that sometimes this just isn’t realistic and that there are some situations that you just can’t have a book with you all day. But, for example, if your going to school make sure that there is a book in your bag even if you don’t plan on reading that day. You might find a spare ten minutes during lunch or on the way home where you can read a chapter or two. This might sound like a bit of a waste but having a book on you wherever you go ensures that you’ll never miss a reading opportunity.
5) If you don’t feel like reading DON’T READ
This will sound a bit stupid but trust me. During the school year you have a lot of required tasks that need to be done (essays, homework, revision for exams and so on). If you enjoy reading, you don’t want it to become one of your required tasks because then you won’t enjoy it as much as you could. Don’t feel as though you have to read when you have so much other stuff going on.
And there you have my top five tips on how to read more during school time. I hope at least one of these works for you and encourages you to read more!