Reading assignments have been in our lives since before we could watch PG-13 movies.
We started off small: learning the letters in Kindergarten, learning sentences in first grade, being read to on a circle carpet right before nap time; reading stories with our parents before bed.
Then one day, we were handed our first book and told to apply our newfound literary talents and read it cover to cover. From that day forward, homework as we knew it was changed forever.
Fast forward: we’re freshmen in college, and the three chapters of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ 25 American History textbook pages and an essay due tomorrow make us wish we could go back to Kindergarten circle-time reading.
It’s been so many years since we had that kind of periodic, structured reading time. And look how far we’ve come! So far past sounding out words and keeping our place on the page with our finger: we’re using literary devices, composing our own essays, reading the works of transcendental authors and groundbreaking poets!
Yet, the late nights it takes to get this reading done make us question if it’s even worth it.
On top of all of our assignments, researc, and the social life we’re struggling to maintain, we realize that through the years, reading assignments became less of a fun learning experience and more of a tedious late-night task.
At this point in our lives, we hardly care whether or not the reading is fun or enjoyable. Some of us never enjoyed it in the first place, even at the elementary level.
But it is indisputable that for college students, reading made easy is a mutual objective.
There’s a straightforward method to the madness: if you enjoy reading, or at least have an easy strategy for reading, you read more.
The more you read, the more well read in different areas you will become. The definite question is: how can reading be made simple again? We need to go back to the basics.
Teachers should require recreational reading periods for homework instead of long reading assignments.
This way, structured reading time can be re-integrated into our schedules, giving us a systemized time to read for classes while ruling out any other potentially tedious reading assignments.
Students would have more time for studying, projects and all other aspects of college life without having that 50-page short story weighing on their shoulders until they finally find the time to read it.