My six-year experience in teaching ESL has never been a hindrance to my intrusive desire to read a book. As long as possible , I always make time to do it despite my hectic schedules . However, there are times that I am derelict in my duty; I miss updating the records and documents the office requires me to do, or sometimes I just make hash out of them.
Recently, for the first time-although I have not pulled through my graduate studies yet- I have been given SAT ( Scholastic Aptitude Test) subject , a standardized test taken by high school graduates , especially by foreign students who wish to enter prestigious universities. This subject requires enough time to plan and study . In other words, I have to bend my mind to it, so I will not have enough time to keep up with the books on my list. Fiddlesticks!
The areas of the subject I will be dealing with is more on reading comprehension and essay writing. Although I have taught the other subjects such as TOEIC and TOEFL, but SAT on the other hand is utterly different. I may be able to teach the writing part, but when it comes to reading passages , I realized then that it is not a no-brainer at all. To study it is like ending up bashing my head against a study table. It takes me time to get the hang of its techniques for answering the exercises, especially of how I could explain the answers to my student. Uh-oh! I am not too smart to do so; my IQ level is as low as a dolphin’s eh. For this reason, I almost spend my free time for catching upon the books I have still been reading studying my butt off around the clock. Puffy eyes I have. @_@
Nevertheless, as a knowledge vulture, this is one of the things I want to do academically to develop my intelligence. I have noticed recently that burying myself in fictions somehow waters down my critical thinking. My brain has been saturated with literary words, quotes, and characters. Besides, stuffing my head with such subject massages the billions of neuron cells in my brain. I can even apply my knowledge of literature to reading passages. Furthermore, since I have always wanted to improve my writing and reading skills more, it is about time that I took it seriously.
I wonder if I could include it on my Goodreads ‘ reading challenge?Gee whiz!