Skimming through school

Homework is something everyone has had to deal with at least once in life. For many students, homework is their lives, especially if that homework is the time-consuming hassle of assigned reading.

Recent Campbell graduate and Starmount alum, Jacob Rucker, recounted his past years at college and all the work he had. “There wasn’t a night of the week I didn’t have homework to do,” he remembered. “But reading was by far the worst assignment.” He admitted to giving into the allure of skimming several times over. Rucker claimed it was the best way to make sure he got the gist of it without wasting his nights pouring over textbooks.

In high school, the students seem to choose a different approach. Sarah Wagoner,  a senior, stated that when assigned something to read, she “always take[s] the time to read them completely.” Wagoner averaged that she gets a reading project close to twelve times a week. Despite the drastic amount of information to cover, she refuses to skim any of it. “I am skeptical that the teacher will test the class at some point with questions that can only be answered after thorough reading,” she explained.Hayley Hayes, Starmount senior, agreed with Wagoner’s logic. She too tries to always read her assignments thoroughly. Although, Hayes admitted that “the longer the assignment gets, the less I read.” However, she did say that she refused to skip over large sections of the material.

Sarah Wagoner strives to word hard, even during break time. | Photo by Christy Rucker
Sarah Wagoner strives to word hard, even during break time. | Photo by Christy Rucker

Both Hayes and Wagoner are high ranking seniors at their high school. They were the top junior marshals their junior year and have worked hard to keep up their grades. Wagoner attributes her current grade success to her faithful reading habits. She believes her skill will be necessary for her to excel when she reaches college as well. Wagoner stated that “In college, a lot of reading assignments will be assigned and it will be be necessary to completely read them to do well on the tests.”        

However, Hayes disagreed with the idea that reading something carefully could result in a better grade than just getting the gist of it. “I notice that if I don’t read it thoroughly, I can tell that I don’t notice specific details,” she admitted. Still, Hayes declared that she can’t see a difference in her grades when she reads the material thoroughly or when she just skims over it.  

While the girls had differing views, both could agree that getting good grades is a very important thing. Skimming through assignments is one thing, but skimming through school is not something they encourage. Take the poll to let us know how you handle your reading assignments!

Christy Rucker is a member of the Starmount High School Journalism Club and a student of the YCS Virtual Academy of Journalism.