How much reading?

Discussion in 'College' started by Coupon, May 13, 2010.

  1. Obadiah

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    Reading is essential to learning, but time is essential to reading. Also essential to reading are sleep and proper nutrition. Sometimes dorm life is the antithesis of these 3, sleep, nutrition, and reading. Another enemy to reading is the cell phone. Multi-tasked reading, while texting, emailing (if that's still done), You Tubing, and/or web surfing (is it still called that?) places the learning gained from the book into less efficient areas of the brain. Reading requires a non-distracting environment and an efficient posture--a comfy sofa after a hard day of classes might be more conducive to sleep than study; for some, that is still the best posture, but for others, a desk is more efficient. Good lighting is helpful; sometimes study carrels block out the light. Reading is not sustained attention to the text at a prescribed pace, but it also involves times when the mind briefly drifts to further explore the material; this can include seemingly unrelated daydreaming spurred by something in the text--your brain is playing Conjuction Junction at that point by joining new learning to previous learning and by exploring new avenues of use for the new learning. The key, however, is to not over-daydream. The emphasis is on briefly. Breaks are also essential. I've seen several suggestions on when, but basically, don't cram your sitting time. Standing up adds more O2 to your brain, and stretching and walking get the blood flowing.

    A note to college professors: research indicates a more proficient assignment would be student chosen reading, reading that supplements the lessons as often suggested in textbooks or in the notes/bibliography of other books, as opposed to assigned reading.

    A note to educational students: I'd recommend including children's literature to your weekly reading diet. A relaxing trip to the local library can be quite enlightening and preparatory towards your career.

    Another tip for all college students: All your notes in class, I mean all your notes in class, spend time each day reviewing a few of them. You will need this information retained for your upcoming exams. They are nearly impossible to cram for after 4 years of college. And within your teaching profession (and I'm sure in other professions, likewise), the more you already have within your working memory, the more ready you are for new experiences and new learning. This isn't 4 years of passing tests--this is 4 years of preparing for life.

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