Most people consider a literature course in college a study in which you can only be successful if you’re a wordsmith or a bookworm, but that’s a myth. While it’s true that a love of words, good reading skills and an interest in literary works will immensely help anyone who’s going in for college literature courses, there are tips that you can use in preparing for such courses – whether you’re a bookworm or not.
Detailed below are tips on how to prepare for college literature courses.
1. Get the needed reading materials.
This is the first thing you need to do when preparing for a college literature course. Make sure you get hold of most of the classic novels and plays you’re likely to meet in your literature course. Novels such as Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Dante’s Inferno are highly recommended.
Finding the time to read and study a number of poems and any analyses available on them, then trying to write out how you yourself understand the poems will also be very helpful.
2. Read as much as you can.
If you don’t have appreciable reading skills and interest, then literature courses aren’t for you. The fact that you have applied for it and are now preparing for the course means that at least you have an appreciable interest in reading and can read.
Read as many books as you can, most especially those that are very literal in tone. Some recommended examples are Homer’s Odyssey, Shakespeare’s plays and Beowulf.
3. Write as much as you can.
All writers are readers and most readers can write to an appreciable level. If you can read, then you can write. And when preparing for college literature courses you need to start writing before you start your course.
Ask yourself questions about the novels and plays you read and try putting the answers into writing. The more you practice, the more you’ll improve on your writing skills and be truly prepared for the course.
4. Ask others for help.
Swallowing some pride and asking others who are already into such courses to brief you about what to expect and how to go about your course is a smart step.
Get in touch with an old student or somebody who’s already a year or more into the literature course you’re preparing for and let them give you the gist.
5. Start with an open mind.
Starting college literature courses with preconceived notions is the surest way to start back-footing down the ladder of academic success. Approach your course with an open mind and humbly allow yourself to be educated while putting in your best efforts to attain a complete understanding of all your subjects.
To conclude, it’s important to point out that if you approach your course with an open mind and a confident disposition in all seriousness, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do well in your literature course.