Catching Up on the Readings You (Totally) Meant To Do

Posted by York & U on March 12, 2019

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Final assignments and exams are fast approaching, so now it’s time to start catching up on the readings you (totally) meant to do! Below we’ve shared our #YUBlog-approved steps for how we approach our readings (that we also totally meant to do). After giving the steps below a go, check out our #YUBlog post, “The Lion Pride Study & Assignment Guide,” for more tips and tricks on how to approach your final assignments and exams! 

Note: These are the steps that work best for us, but it’s important to try new strategies and discover what works best for you!

Looking for the perfect study spot? Check out our previous post, “#YUBlog’s Favourite Study Spots”!

1. Make a To-Do List

Before you can start catching up, you need to make a list of all the readings you need to tackle. Although this reading list may seem daunting at first, we’re here to help you get through it! 

When you create your list, separate your readings by course. Organizing your list this way will show you which course readings you need to spend more time on. Be aware that you will likely have to prioritize your readings. If one course has an exam or assignment closer than another, focus on your readings for that course first!

Organize your readings by prioritizing your readings on your to-do list.

2. Create a Schedule

Now that you know everything that you’ll need to accomplish, it’s time to make a schedule! When making your schedule, it’s important to be realistic and strategic. You might not be able to get through all the readings for every single course, so it’s important to ask yourself:

  • Which readings need to be completed first?
  • Do any of my course readings overlap? 
  • What will be the most effective use of my time? 

We also recommend planning breaks between your readings. This will help to keep your mind fresh and ready to take in information! 

Success Tip: When building your schedule, it’s important to play to your strengths. Are you an early bird? Then plan your reading sessions in the morning! If you’re a night owl, then reading at night may work better for you.

Find some time management strategies in our #YUBlog post, “Time Management Tips for York U Students”!

3. Take Advantage of Your Resources

When you’re catching up on your readings, it’s important to use your resources—they’re here to help you! Textbooks are especially useful—they’re often organized to show the main learnings of each chapter, highlight key terms and outline the principle topics in each chapter. 

Peers are another great resource! You can form a study group or meet with a peer academic support service for guidance when you begin your readings. If you want to learn more about York U’s peer academic support services, visit our #YUBlog post, “York U Academic Peer Support Services.”

Schedule an appointment with a peer academic support service!

4. Reading Strategies

Now that you have all the basics ready to go, it’s time to get reading! There are many reading strategies out there, including some of the ones we’ve listed below: 

  • Use chapter headings to guide your reading process; 
  • Pay extra attention to bolded and/or italicised items;
  • Highlight key terms and phrases; 
  • Bookmark important pages; and/or 
  • Add comments or questions with sticky notes in your textbook and notes. 

Each of these reading strategies will help you interact with the material, which can lead to you internalizing and remembering information better! 

Be sure to check out Learning Skills Services’ workshops for more reading strategies!

5. Stay Positive

Throughout your reading process—from building your schedule to getting started on your readings—it’s important to remember to stay positive and be strategic. You most likely won’t get to all the readings that you’ll need to, but you can succeed if you build an effective plan! 

We want you to learn from this experience. Staying positive and working hard can help you move forward and get your readings done this time around. However, these steps are not a permanent solution, so use this experience to learn how you can improve in the future! 

Keep a positive attitude while working through your readings!

We hope that these five #YUBlog tips will help you finallyget your readings done. Just remember to work hard and stay positive—before you know it, you’ll be in the reading groove!

What are your reading tips? Let us know in the comments in the comments down below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents

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