One way students can remain engaged in their reading is by selecting works that require them to pay attention to individual words, says Jennifer Purdie, an adjunct English professor at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. That's why she recommends British classics, such as works by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, to American freshmen.
"It trains them to pay attention to the words on the page rather than skim through the reading," she says. "I also recommend students use their online dictionary, or real dictionary, to look up words they don't know. This increases their vocabulary. You'll find more challenging words in the classics."
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