J must have been holding back a laugh as she read the syllabus.

But he didn’t read the syllabus until late into the year.

Early in the year she was struggling through English class. And she could tell me exactly why she was struggling too.

It was the class reading that she was just “too busy” for.

I get the feeling. It’s one thing to sit down for 20 minutes and do a class assignment. It’s another to read a book that you don’t want to read for an hour – with virtually no objective – measurable goal. I struggled with reading books for class too. (Outside of class assigned stuff it’s way easier. I recommend it.)

That bad habit had her bombing her weekly reading quizzes. It even led her to spending hours reading and then rushing her first quarter’s big essay assignment.

Her score was “trash.”

There were two interesting things that she noticed on that syllabus:

Reading assignments & quizzes – 10%

Essays -70%

Ding! Ding!

We have a winner!

Some of you that have been around a while already know the trick here –

I wrote a book going over this stuff.

The short version: her problem wasn’t the reading assignments. Her problem was the screwed up essay and most importantly: letting the reading assignment screw up her essay scores.

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