Reading is one of the hardest thing most students find difficult to do, because it requires so much of discipline to sit down on a chair with a table faced towards you for hours looking at some letters on a particular book. So, because of this, some students will not rehearse their books after lectures talk more of reading it (their notes or textbooks) waiting for two weeks for exams then you see them doing marathon reading forcing everything to enter their heads. Some will go as far as cramming the notes word for word, letter for letter. But one funny thing is that they get disappointed in the examination hall as all they tend to read vanishes most times, leaving them empty because ‘no soldier learns how to shoot gun in the battle field but, they learn how to shoot guns in the training and parade ground’. You can’t give what you don’t have. Due to this lack of interest in reading among our today’s students, so many things have gone wrong in our academic society. Example, the birth of examination malpractice was as a result of not having interest in reading, but everybody wants to pass ‘you can’t eat your cake and have it back’ they say, which simply connotes that you can’t fail if you read/study very well for a particular examination. As a student how can you understand what you have not read, it is not possible. One thing is to read another thing is to understand. So you as a student can’t understand if you don’t study. Effective and efficient study comes from reading.
So below are some tips or guidelines that will help you as a student to cultivate the habit of effective reading and also everybody that will abide by these principles as listed will not see reading as a cumbersome challenge.
- Pray before you read/study: Prayer again? Yes, why? Because when you condition things (the atmosphere, the spirit of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge) to rest on you as you read (Luke 2:52). So before you open any book to read, the first thing to do is to pray. Open your study with prayer and close your study with prayer too.
- Paying keen attention to the lecturer’s hand and mouth: When a student pays maximum attention to the lecturers by watching their mouth closely as they talk (demystifying some topics) and their hands when gesticulating, it will help the student in fast comprehension (understanding) and easy remembrance.
- Write down some salient points: ‘Short pen they say is better than long memory’. Have a jotter which is different from your main notebooks, where you jot down crucial points that may escape the mouth of your lecturer. And as you study also, jot down important points or information you may come across. It helps in easy understanding when the lecturer will start teaching it in class.
- Study before your lecturer teaches: Any student who studies a topic before it is being demystified in class will have an edge over other students because this will help the student come up with two things: (a)Questions from the study he/she has made. (b)Contribution from the studies which he/she has made which will benefit the lecturers and the class at large and further explanation from the lecturer on that particular topic will be in finger tips of the students making the topic clearer to the student.
- Have a folk of friends that is of positive like minds: As a student you need to have friends that also have these tips working in their lives for ‘iron sharpeneth iron’ they say. These friends are the people that will motivate you when you are weak and you motivate them too when they are low or weak. So at the end of the day, you will see yourself achieving great things academically.
- Be meticulous in highlighting of salient points and in note taking: As a student you can use a highlighter to mark or shade a few major points you may find important as you read/study for easy recurring and reference.
- Think in pictures : When you study as a good student, you can use what your optical eyes can see as illustrations or examples, it helps in easy understanding and fast remembrance. you can also use imaginary pictures in your mind for easy understanding. by doing so it registers in your sub-conscious mind that it can never be forgotten again.