Sunday, 10 July 2016

Keeping on Top of Your Reading List (With Supernatural GIFs)

I passed first year!

Which means that I'm no longer a fresher.

(You're now one of those people who hates the freshers.)

Also known as a second year.

The greatest challenge of any Lit student is keeping on top of their reading list. I managed it this year, barely. With three books to read a week, some of them as long as four hundred pages, it's never going to be easy, but it's not impossible either. 

Secondhand Book Shops Are a Minor Deity and Should be Worshipped as Such

(Also known as, books are expensive and the world is broke.)

Don't buy them on the high street if you don't have to. Knowing the location of a decent secondhand bookshop is an asset to any student. If you can't find your books there, don't be afraid to buy used on Amazon. If you're really badly off, you can probably get away with using libraries (providing they have the books you need) for books that you don't plan to write essays on. 

Start Reading Before You Go

(Also known as, do not pick up Mrs Dalloway, realise you hate it, and end up finishing it in the car on the way up to uni.)

...Not that I've done that, or anything.

Seriously though, if you can start the term a couple of weeks ahead of your lectures, things will seem a lot more relaxed.

Do NOT Spend Three Weeks Reading One Book

(Also known as, do not pick up Beowulf, realise that you hate epic poetry, and spend three weeks reading a ninety page poem.)

...Please don't give away all of my secrets.

 Sometimes you're not going to enjoy what you're reading, but you have to force your way through it. Reward yourself with a square of chocolate at the end of each page, take short breaks, change the scenary by reading in the library, or the student union rather than your room. It doesn't matter what you do, just so long as you keep going. 

You Have Coursemates. Use Them.

(Also known as, here's hoping your coursemates are ACTUALLY BOTHERING TO READ THE DAMN BOOKS.)

Shut up, Meg!
You're not going to retain everything. It's okay to ask questions. Nobody's going to be angry if you can't remember the name of the love interest's third cousin. And, if nobody else can tell you, there's always Google.

Raise your hand if you're a lit student! *Raises hand* Anybody have any tips to add?