How to get through a boring book for English lessons

We have all been there. Your phone explodes (Harry Styles did it What to Chris Pine?!) and the last thing you want to do is read another 50 pages of an Old English book.

It’s tempting to use SparkNote through unity, but stay strong! Spoiler alert: It *still* pays to read the book. Not only will you have a lot more knowledge at the end, but the small details are usually crucial to your understanding of the text as a whole (and to passing those reading quizzes).

Here’s your guide to staying engaged while reading even the most complicated headlines (looking at you macbeth). And don’t worry, we won’t make you write an essay on this listing.

1. Make annotations


When a book seems incomprehensible or just plain boring, try annotating. Annotation is simply adding your thoughts and ideas about what you read in the margins. It forces you to read critically (AKA, not just letting your eyes drift over the words and hoping you’ll magically retain the information).

Unless markup is due for the course, feel free to get creative! If you own the book, try doodling or writing little jokes about the story. Thinking about text doesn’t have to be boring.

2. Reward yourself


Rewards are a great (and fun) way to trick your brain into reading. When you’ve finished your 20-minute timer or the next chapter, rest your eyes, grab a delicious snack, or text a friend.

Don’t feel guilty for taking a break once in a while. After a period of intense focus, it’s totally fine to reset and refresh. And who knows, the promise of a sweet treat or a quick scroll on TikTok at the end might be all you need to get through the rest of your pages.

3. Try new mediums


If reading books really isn’t your thing, try audiobooks. Most classics have free audio copies of the book on YouTube or Spotify. You can even listen while you drive to school, do the dishes, or clean your room.

If you enjoy studying with friends, try reading aloud with a partner. This way you can ask yourself questions about the plot, motives and themes. As long as you stay on topic and actually read the book, it can be a great way to bond with your best friend and better understand the novel.

4. Find a quiet place


Fact: Most people tend to concentrate better in peaceful environments. Why? Because a quiet place helps us devote our brain to analyzing the book instead of the busy world around us. We recommend your local public library, park, college campus, or even an art museum.

Good reading!

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