Understand and enjoy literature!
I share with you strategies for reading literature with greater understanding. You’ll get more out of your reading by improving your appreciation for what went into its writing.
You probably won’t become a faster reader, but you’ll become a far more efficient one.
Improving your ability to identify motifs, symbolism, parallels, themes, etc. and understand how they are deployed throughout a work equip you to tackle writing assignments with greater comprehension and insight.
Be warned: Once you truly engage with literature, there’s no turning back! You’ll be irresistibly drawn to literature’s masterpieces and at risk for having them immeasurably enrich your life.
—Yin Zhu, UC Berkeley, Class of 2011
— Linda Xu
I have learned valuable techniques for writing. She taught me how to approach a topic, zero in on good examples used in essays, and organize the content of essays to make them more appealing to readers. More importantly, she taught me how to express my ideas in a simple and concise way. Now I write with confidence."
—Alex Yee, Palo Alto H.S., Northwestern, Class of 2010