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I can never finish my language arts novels
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I can never finish my language arts novels

I am in advanced language arts this year, and it is nowhere near what I expected! It is hard as shit! I don't deserve to be in there, because I am simply not at that level yet. The main problem with the class is that 85% of it is based on reading novels and comprehending them. MY ONE WEAKNESS IN LANGUAGE ARTS! I never seem to actually finish any of the books at all. Well, I mainly read the first half of it and then skip to the last few chapters and read that. But the main point is that I can never seem to finish them 100%. The last novel we read was actually decent. Most of the other books that we read were basically outdated 1700s stuff. I swore to myself that I would finish it, but I never did. I just sort of drifted away from it. Can any of you present to me some advice concerning actually finishing the class novels? That would be greatly appreciated.
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I can never finish my language arts novels

To comprehend a piece of text, you don't need to read every word. Remember the 20/80 rule. 20% of the text contains 80% of the information. If you really care, you can learn to be a good skimmer. Skimming is not random, it is not reading fast.

There is information online about learning to skim but basically you want to concentrate on the beginnings and endings of paragraphs, these parts usually contain the most important information. You should also know where the book is going. Authors are not random. The story is highly structured and it was mostly planned and probably revised multiple times.

I would read the ending first. What can you learn just from the beginning and the end of a book? You need to keep in mind how the author is progressing the story from A to B and the core theme/message he or she is trying to convey. Pay attention to the table of contents as well. Not all books have informational table of contents, but keep chapter titles in mind. Similarly, when you start a new chapter, you should read the ending of the chapter first, then read the beginning. Reading the endings of sections allows you to connect the dots forward rather than retrospectively, which is more difficult.

Oh and sparknotes.


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(This post was last modified: 02-25-2013 01:45 PM by Desu.)
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