If you’re a fan of ‘twinkle-twinkle little star’ and that’s the most literature you’ve read in your life, congratulations, we’re on the same boat. (Lol)
I have always been this typical child in front of the television with no interest in reading books. While my school friends talked about how cool Harry Porter was, I didn’t have a clue about it. I still don’t (judge me). But, whenever there was a chance for public speaking, debating, or even MUNs, I used to outshine everyone with my speaking skills. In this, my vocabulary played a major role. Now, I wonder how fluent I was with what I spoke. I just mentioned that I wasn’t a reader, but even then, my vocabulary was better than many of my friends who read regularly.
Let’s cut to the chase. All this was happening because I watched a lot of English documentaries and listened to many podcasts. They helped in improving my vocabulary. By doing this simple, interesting stuff, I started comprehending a lot more than I used to. If I were given a paragraph to read, I was able to read it quickly. I do take my time, which is an average duration, but my comprehension level would be up to the mark. A research did prove my point. It stated that if English is not your native language (i.e., for most of India), watching English movies, documentaries, sitcoms, and listening to English podcasts can improve your reading, comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, etc.
The underlying question still remains, are reading skills important for law entrance exam preparations?
The answer to this is YES as you’re supposed to read about 450 words in 2-3 minutes during your CLAT exam. You’ll understand the importance of this skill in law school too, you’ll see how much reading it takes to complete your assignments or internships. If you’re lousy at reading, I’m sorry, but you have a tough road ahead. Pick your lazy ass up and get to work!!!
We at Lawocals experience a variety of student crowds ranging from bookworms to people like me who’re anti-books (Not proud though). Smile, because in whichever crowd you belong; whether you’re a sleepy head while reading or can’t improve even after completing your whole library; we’ve got you!
Here’s what you can do:
- Start by reading bits and pieces which interest you. These should be about 200 words but should necessarily be well-crafted for you. You can find some news clipping on websites like “Aeon”, “NY Times”, “The Hindu” etc.
- The articles here have a mentioned time under which an average person with an average reading speed would be able to read them (Try to fit yourself in that time limit using a stopwatch).
- You can always listen to some podcasts instead of all the funky songs you listen to for a change. Try shifting from Honey to Harry (lol). Honey being yoyo, Harry being someone who runs a podcast named “Speak better English with Harry”.
- Try reading editorials and not novels because the latter would be time taking if you’re not in a habit of reading. Reading newspapers and editorials would also give you a knack for current affairs.
- Note down all the words that you find difficult to pronounce or understand at once. Keep this list with you for revision whenever you can. Use the mnemonic technique to learn such words.
- Have faith and keep calm. Sometimes a well-prepared student messes up because of their anxiety. Meditate and believe in yourself. You’ll nail it. Trust us.
Hence, reading is not only going to help you while preparing for your Law Entrance Exams but also in your future at law school. Don’t take this skill for granted, work on it since day one.