As a student, your schedule may vary a lot based on the season, or even on a weekly basis. But what are some good reading goals for students?
Good reading goals for students may vary, depending on how busy your schedule is. That’s why you could make your reading goals based on how much time you spend studying, and if you have less intense periods, try to read more during those.
If you are not familiar with what reading goals are, read this post.
Next up in this post, we will go through different examples of reading goals for students.
Example 1: Spend 8 hours a day studying or reading
As a student, your daily schedule may vary a lot, depending on the phase your studies are in right now.
One day, you might have a full day booked up, whereas the next you only have 2 lessons in the morning. By spending the same amount of time studying or reading each day, your days are also more similar, even if your school schedule varies a lot.
One good reading goal for students is to spend every day around the same time studying. Whether that be lessons or just reading by yourself.
For example, if you have a lot of lessons one day, you might not have to read that day. Schedule reading for days, when you have more free time, so you will achieve as much progress, no matter what your school schedule looks like.
Example 2: Read a fixed amount every day
If you like the consistency of your schedule, reading the same amount every day might be better for you.
Reading 15 minutes every day before school, right after school, or right before bed might be a good habit to form.
With this type of reading schedule, you will always get the same amount of reading done, no matter what your day in school looks like.
On days when you have more lessons, it might feel like a lot to read on top of a hard school day. Having a realistic goal for every day, such as 15 pages can be achieved pretty easily.
The daily goal doesn’t have to be in pages. It can also be one chapter or time spent reading. For example, reading one chapter every day after school, or 15 minutes every day before bed. It’s really up to you to decide, what works best.
Example 3: Weekly reading goals for students
Because the schedules may vary and some days are easier than others, weekly schedules could work better for some people.
This is pretty similar to the #1 example, but you don’t have to spend a fixed amount of hours studying or reading each day.
Set yourself a weekly reading goal, for example, 100 pages, and distribute the reading for days, when you have fewer lessons or other activities.
I prefer monthly reading goals because my weeks vary a lot in intensity. Some weeks are super busy, whereas in others I have a lot more time to read.
Your weekly goal might also be a certain number of chapters per week, or time spent reading. It is really up to you. I have made this post, which is about reading goals for struggling readers. If you recognize it’s difficult to stick to your reading goals, check that post out.
Things to keep in mind when setting reading goals as a student
Studying itself can be mentally really exhausting. Therefore, make sure you get enough rest in your free time, to avoid burning yourself out.
Even though reading comes with a lot of benefits, make sure your studies won’t suffer from you spending too much time on other activities, such as reading.
When setting reading goals and forming the habit of reading, start small and see how much you can handle. You can adjust your reading goals according to your weekly schedule and how many lessons you have.
On the other hand, it’s really important that the reading goals are specific. It’s much easier to keep track of your progress when you have clear goals. Here is a post that goes more in-depth into why reading goals are important.
In conclusion, there are a lot of ways you can set reading goals as a student.
You might even find a better way that suits the best your life situation and studies.
Keep in mind that you are probably paying a big buck for the opportunity to study and for the lessons, so keep your studies as the number one priority.
Reading can even be used as a form or relaxation, if you read fiction books before bed, for example.
Hopefully this was helpful, good luck to your studies and achieving your reading goals!