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How to nail reading week

How to nail reading week
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Although the main joke around reading week is that no one really does any reading at all and mainly just goes home for mum’s cooking and central heating, reading week is still very important. A great way to make sure that you get all that reading done is to plan brilliantly! Knowing what you will read on what day will make sure you are up and ready to get started.

Prioritise

You need to realise which books, articles or journals are the most important to you at the moment and will help your work the most. By looking at your deadlines and prioritising each reading, you can diminish some of the stress.

Plan

Make a reading timetable! Yes I know this sounds a little dramatic but by planning what time you wake up, what time you are in the library, and what time you are reading your first chunk of writing, you will feel completely in control. It’s also really handy to create a check list to make sure you are getting everything you want to get done.

Note taking

Perfect your note taking ability and make sure that you are picking out the most important features. Make a quote bank of your favourite quotes that you want to use in your work. By picking them out like this you won’t be trawling  your books when you get down to writing.

Summary notes

This falls under the same category of note taking. You need to make another lot of summary notes after your first lot of initial notes. This way you can filter your way through the information again and only pick out the stuff that you need.

Finding a comfortable space

Make sure that you find yourself a comfortable environment in which to work. Have a drink nearby, food packed and prepared and switch off your phone. By diminishing distractions you will work at a much quicker and efficient pace.

Snacks

Never underestimate the importance of snacks. You do not want to risk losing your library place because you want to quickly pop to the local shop, make sure you have all the provisions with you before you start, that way you will not have to interrupt your reading.

Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a third year history student studying at The University of Manchester.

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