This seemed like a good challenge to try for the week because I was taking notes over different ballads of Robin Hood. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to read a ballad silently, but it’s hard. They’re meant to be sung and, while I wasn’t about to try and sing them, I could at least read them aloud to get a feel for the rhythm and meter. I think it helped a lot! I was far less likely to zone out or start skimming if I was reading out loud.
I actually do this in a lot of classes if I don’t really want to do the reading, but I know that I need to. Reading out loud doesn’t just ensure that I’m paying attention. It also increases retention of information and just makes it more fun! The only drawbacks are, if I forget to make sure I’m alone, people might stare at me funny, and I have to drink a lot of water since I’m talking so much!
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