How To Read

[TL;DR

Hate reading? Short on time? Don’t let lengthy articles scare you off. Read with questions in mind, skip around to find answers, and be done with it. Most people don’t expect you to read every last word they write- I’m writing to get ideas across, so as long as you get the gist and can use it, I don’t care if you read the third sentence of the fifth paragraph.]

Because the content here is primarily for high school students, and because I’m writing it because I don’t have time when teaching in person to be as verbose as I might like, I want to mention something that may be obvious to some students out there, but that others probably do not know.

If you’re reading an article or a book or an essay, and it’s really long and you don’t have the time or patience to read the whole thing, don’t! I (and most other people who write) do my best to format this so that you can skip around- bolded lines indicate topic changes, and paragraphs either introduce big ideas or elaborate on them. I also put a TL;DR (too long; didn’t read for any older readers) so that if you want, you can get the most important point in 60 seconds or less.

Don’t ever let the length of a text scare you off- just be aware of the structural conventions that let you skip entire paragraphs or sections to see if what you’re looking for is within the text. You can go back and read every word later.

Likewise, if you like to read every word of everything you read, feel free- just get used to estimating how long it’ll take you to read something and decide if it seems worth it (and don’t be afraid to leave things unfinished).

Personally, I switch between the two as needed depending on time, attention, and how well I get along with a writer’s style.

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