I have a problem with reading books here....sort of....please look at details?

India
December 14, 2006 3:28pm CST
Not really a problem WITH reading, but here it is: In school, our English teacher always gives us these books to read; as soon as we finish one, he gives us another. There are a few problems here; 1. I am a very slow reader, thus, I am always behind the class, and often need to catch up with the rest of the class. The thing with this, is that sometimes I enjoy the book, causing me to read it more enthusiastically, and understanding it, and sometimes it's the most boring piece of....work ever! 2. Other teachers also decide to give us books to read; books on Judaism, history, a story of the war, etc. The problem? I am a slow reader, so it is hard for me to get all of that reading done! 3. There are also a few books that I REALLY wanted to read! I borrowed a book from a friend recently, and have to return it by the end of the school year, and I borrowed another book from another person and I didn't even start it! I also have a choice of another book, and so little time
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• India
14 Dec 06
Be cosy - Be cosy
Leave those books for your holidays or when you have no other school book to read because your school books are anyday more important then anything & don`t take your teachers worng because they already have read those books alot of times, they are making you read them for your own good. It happens with everyone, very few people get time to read other books. I started reading novels after my college because i never used to get time. So don`t worry & study hard.
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• China
15 Dec 06
So don`t worry & study hard
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• India
15 Dec 06
because the topics or books which ur reading are not much interested to you or not fluently tuned to that language as a pshychology factor if somebody interested in that and known some thing in previous they read the things faster
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• United States
15 Dec 06
reading is essential to learning. i don't know what i would do if i didn't have this access to books. i understand maybe sometime teachers put a bit too much pressure on students to read to much, and some studnets are at a differnet readign level, maybe you should be placed at a differnet reading level with people at yoru same level, so you don't have to be so stressed out
@dip_cool (411)
• India
14 Dec 06
well i guess you have to grow the habit of reading fast.if it is possible also try talking to the teachers and conveying your problem to them.guess this helps.best of luck anyways
@JoeyCa (1810)
• Belgium
15 Dec 06
but maybe when he reads faster he won't read as accurate anymore, attention is put to much on 'speed' in my opinion xx
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@asteroid8 (916)
• Italy
14 Dec 06
To improve your reading speed, you have to read a lot of books. I know that if you read slow, it's not easy to finish big books, or boring ones. You have to read books that are interesting for you, and you could discover a new hobby.
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@JoeyCa (1810)
• Belgium
15 Dec 06
Might be true indeed.
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@spcbrass (1192)
• United States
14 Dec 06
I used to have a hard time reading books for my studies as well. I found most of the information in them rather dull and boring. Though I did find it easer to read for certain studies such as science. The subjects that interest me are often the easiest one's to read about. I hope the teacher or professor at least spends some time telling the class the background of the book and some of the basics of the story before sending the class home with an assignment to read the book. As one user has already stated, there is more to learning then books alone. Try to get what you miss reading by listening to the class discussion more. If things really are going by too fast ask the teacher for help.
@faelady (161)
• Canada
15 Dec 06
That is a very good response. I know that it's very hard to keep up with all the reading necessary, but if it's that difficult to keep up then I have a feeling that there's more than one person who is having problems keeping up. Talking to the teacher about it is probably the best way to go.
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@Odawallie (128)
• United States
15 Dec 06
I have to agree with you. AP English classes really turned me off reading. There were so many books that I had no interest in but I had to read. Lets just say sparknotes became my best friend my junior and senior year. Really I think you just have to pace yourself and set reasonable goals for how much you can read a day, don't over do it or else you will not enjoy reading the real good books out there. Good luck!
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• Pakistan
15 Dec 06
yeah i guess you must select books of interest and then you will pick up speed and stamina wwhich should help you wwith course books
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• United States
15 Dec 06
I think it good that you like reading books even though you are slow reader. I love reading books. But when you get lot of reading assignment school, it can be wasting your time too. All the teacher have to learn that student have other homeworks to do other than reading the books for the class. Maybe during the homeroom time, you can talk to your teacher about it and see what other teacher will do.
@ozangel82 (754)
• Australia
15 Dec 06
Maybe if you discuss this with your teacher, sometimes they can be very understanding. If you explain that you are interested in most of the books and enjoy reading, but also explain that it detracts from the book when you feel you are rushed and find it hard to enjoy then he may be sympathetic to your needs. Unfortunately everyone has different ideas of boring books, and you will probably find that the boring ones are the most important to your teacher in terms of learning. But a simple but polite explanation to your teacher about how you feel may help the situation. good luck
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• Australia
15 Dec 06
I questiooned the choice of books that my son was reading in high school once and was told by the teacher that it is not the actual book that is important , it is the lesson that it teaches. Apparently the books are chosen because they have incidents in their content that parallel society today For instance the story my son was reading was from Greek Mythology,Its parallel story in todays society is boy marries girl but really loves someone else, wife finds out and takes the children and leaves causing all sorts of trouble for all concerned. So you see they say there is some method in their madness. I used to have trouble with poetry until I realised it wasnt the poem I had to understand it was the Parallels
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@00fear (3203)
• United States
15 Dec 06
its almost like my problem. i am a bit of slow reader to and hard for me to understand what the books i read are about. i always go back to re-read each sentence to try and understand the book. i do not think of anything else or let my mind wonder around. i try to be focused but i just cant to seem to understand the sentences or the book that i read is about.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
15 Dec 06
First of all, the more practice you have reading, the more you will improve. I did go to a workshop last year where there was a young teacher who told us an amazing story. She too had always been a very slow reader. It was so hard for her to focus. She said that all through high school and college she had no life because she spent all her time doing the reading assignments. Then she met a woman to helped her overcome her problem. What the woman did was have her try reading through different colors of transparencies. She said that some didn't make a difference, but when she tried the green transparency, she could read everything easily and quickly. She said she'll have to read through green transparency for the rest of her life, but it's made a world of difference for her. So, from her experience, I might suggest that you get some different colored transparencies (maybe your school has some) and see if reading through any of the colors makes a difference for you. It's worth a shot anyway.
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@weehihi (132)
• Philippines
14 Dec 06
try this trick when you read: Read between the lines...got it?? it's faster...know what i mean? read between words...try it...in no time, you'll be the one asking your teachers some more books..hehehe
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@nishanity (1651)
• India
14 Dec 06
oh... well i dont know dear... mayb u dont hav enuf practice reading stuff... u got to improve ur reading skills... y dont u time ur reading skills... read for a minute and calculate amt of words read per min... and try improving on it? u got to take note of 2 points: 1. its not just abt reading speed... u shud time the words u cud read and understand in tht one minute 2.dont counts smalll 2 letter words like "of","is","as","in"... etc... they dont qualify as words
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@GardenGerty (99481)
• United States
14 Dec 06
Hi, Fathima--it is so good that you like reading books. The more you do, the faster you should get. Do you read in English or---? Does your school have special classes for people who read slowly? Do you have a public library that might have the books on tape or could borrow them for you? I work with students with learning difficulties.One of the reading strategies we use is to take a book mark and lay it under each row of words as we read, or point to each word as we read. Another thing that you might do is to read aloud--for instance at home, not in school. Another thing would be reading aloud taking turns with a friend. Good luck with your reading. Welcome to myLot.
• United States
14 Dec 06
I can understand that... keep in mind that you are much more fast reader than you ever new! Try photo reading: Since I started photoread, I enjoy all books now! Relax, Read with purpose, Enjoy the book!
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@paul8675 (750)
• Australia
14 Dec 06
Even as a teacher, I must admit to reading very little. Partially because I'm busy doing other things, and partially I struggle with eyesight. Being male probably does not help either.
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
14 Dec 06
It wasn't like that in my school, we didn't have as much reading as you seem to have, but i do have the problem where i have loads of books that i've bought that i really want to read, but i have exams after xmas so study should come first....but knowing me...! lol!
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
14 Dec 06
I think teachers put too much on to children sometimes, books are not the be all and end all of education, life experience is the better way and you can't get that if you are spending all your time reading books besides what pleasure do you get from a book if you are not really interested in that particular book. I hope things work out for you.
@J_peso (2434)
• United States
15 Dec 06
for starters i would prolly try listening to rather than reading the "boring" excerpts .......Usually psychologists say books being boring is a kind of perception because the reader cant really perceive the meaning/authors intent. thats where mixing up listening and reading mi9ght help ...since the narrator would interpret the punctuation well enough to make the passage more "interesting". Another problem i think you seem to have is "not really trying to stick to deadlines" Prolly you could set yaslf some targets in terms of the number of pages you should reach each day.
@J_peso (2434)
• United States
15 Dec 06
ead - read
for starters i would prolly try listening to rather than reading the "boring" excerpts .......Usually psychologists say books being boring is a kind of perception because the reader cant really perceive the meaning/authors intent. thats where mixing up listening and reading mi9ght help ...since the narrator would interpret the punctuation well enough to make the passage more "interesting". Another problem i think you seem to have is "not really trying to stick to deadlines" Prolly you could set yaslf some targets in terms of the number of pages you should reach each day.
@freesoul (3024)
• Egypt
1 Jan 07
Like any activity reading can be much improved with constant training, unless you have sight problems in this case a reading glasses will help you a lot, just keep reading and you will do much better with time.