Finals are coming up soon and it’s a good time to begin your studying so there won’t be any last minute cramming happening. But wait – before you crack open that textbook, it’s a good idea to think about your studying strategies and learn more effectively so you can finish faster and ace that exam. Here are a few stress-reducing strategies [...]
Post Tagged with: "reading"
Did you know… even in Canada today, books including Harry Potter, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Shine, the Hunger Games, and sooooo many other young adult novels are being challenged because of their content! There are individuals and groups who believe we shouldn’t be choosing what we read! Last week (February 24-March 2, 2013) was Freedom to Read Week, and [...]
Escaping to another world, making friends with fictional characters, and learning how to face life’s obstacles are all key aspects that make us love literature. However, many of us are trapped in a small bubble of well-known books, but really, there are sooooooo many great books out there, so look beyond the common trends! Before I get to my list, [...]
In the midst of the concrete jungle downtown lies some gorgeous greenery; the Devonian Gardens. It is located in the The Core mall and is a beautiful, serene place to do some quiet work. It is a massive ’2.5 acres and contains over 550 trees’ (Calgary Herald). As well as the trees, It also contains 2 Koi ponds (a pool for ornamental carp), a play area and rental space intended for [...]
“Cancer stories suck,” declares Hazel, the protagonist of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. One-fifth of the way into the book, no less. This is an odd introduction to a book that details the life and times of a girl living with (and dying of) thyroid cancer. Yet, it also provides a fair outline of Green’s vision for this [...]
I’m going to sound like an advertiser for Amazon, but whatever. I love my eBook. It is currently my favourite toy, for a good reason. Here’s why. 1. Bookmark free reading: I have a few patience problems, especially with those long books. Considering my self-diagnosed lack of attention span, I can’t concentrate on complicated texts for more than an hour [...]
So, I was feeling a touch nostalgic, and decided to compile a list of my favourite novels from my elementary years. Many of these, I would go back and read again today, and I encourage you all to do the same. Have a childhood favourite? Comment below. In no particular order, here goes: 1. Anne of Green Gables Series by [...]
I’ll admit it, the only reason I read this book was because I heard that it’s similar to The Hunger Games. But as it turns out, the similarities are quite small. Basically Thomas, the protagonist, wakes up with his memories wiped and finds himself in a place called the Glade – a village of sorts, filled with kids just like [...]
Over the past summer, I started reading the Song of Fire and Ice series, by George R.R. Martin after browsing through the library one day. An epic fantasy that currently spans five of a planned seven books, A Song of Fire and Ice paints the picture of a fictional society split into two continents – Westeros and the distant Free [...]
Recently I had been recommended a book called Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. At first I was hesitant to pick up the book because the first page I saw was full of spelling and grammatical errors. Flowers for Algernon is a first-person narrative told by Charlie Gordon whose innate IQ is an exceptionally low 68. He is chosen as a [...]
Get ready to throw your copy of The Key out the window, you won't need it anymore. It is possible to complete a reading comprehension exam without reading most, if any at all, of the given texts.
I had heard from others that this book was great; in fact, I’d even heard it being described as a masterpiece. So there was really not choice in the matter, I had to read this book. But then I found out that this would be one of the books assigned for English class, so I procrastinated until last week. Basically, [...]
There are many libraries spread out across Calgary, and at each of them they offer numerous volunteer opportunities. I have been a part of a few of the libraries volunteer opportunities and was delighted by the time I spent volunteering with the children there. A couple of the programs the public library offers for the youth are Reading Buddies, Computer Buddies, ESL [...]
After reading this book, I often wondered if I read the same “The Lovely Bones” that everyone else is talking about. Because to be honest, my opinion greatly differs from that of the majority. Basically, this is a story about a girl who was violated, murdered and now in heaven. but she is restricted to a small portion of heaven [...]
The second semester is coming soon! And many of us may have great individual plans for a new start, especially Grade 12 students. As an ESL student myself, I would like to focus on a big tips for English. Read a lot!!! We have to be flexible readers through skimming and scanning. Skimming is an important task to pre-read the [...]