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Ivybridge Community College

Reading Challenge Target Smashed by College Students

Last term, during lockdown, Ivybridge Community College students were encouraged to participate in Read for Good’s new reading initiative, Track My Read.

The College’s Learning Resource Centre used Track My Read as a reading challenge to determine whether as a College could we read for 100 hours (6,000 minutes) in a half term?

The answer was, yes, very easily!  Students smashed the 100 hour goal in only three weeks.  Therefore, the Learning Resource Centre decided to increase the target goal to 500 hours of reading (30,000 minutes).

Over fifty students from all Year Groups took part, logging their reading daily.  Some of the most popular books were Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, and books by Leigh Bardugo.

The Learning Resource Centre are delighted to announce that they achieved their target of 500 hours the week before the Easter holidays, and by their deadline of Thursday, 1 April, students had read for an amazing 568 hours (34,090 minutes).

Elsie, in Year 10, was the biggest reader, achieving a total of 4755 minutes of reading.  “Elsie is a huge reader and this was a great opportunity for her to share her passion”, said Holly Trafford, College Librarian.   

Year 12 student, Annabelle, read for a total of 3315 minutes, and said, “Track My Read has really helped me to reflect on what I had read”.  Holly added, “Annabelle logged some wonderful insights on what she was reading, and it was great to read her opinions as she read through a book; it was like we were reading along with her!  We were very proud of all our readers, and look forward to using Track My Read again.”

Track My Read is a new, free-to-use tool, designed to help engage students in reading for pleasure.  This allows students to log in and track what they’re reading, how many minutes they read for, and what they thought of the book.  It unites a community in reading to achieve a collective target.  Students are motivated as they get instant feedback on their reading achievements, while at the same time contributing to the College’s overall target.  

Caroline Johnson, Associate Leader, said, “Track My Read is a fantastic initiative to encourage students to read for pleasure.  We all know how important reading is, and it was fantastic to see the diverse range of books that students were devouring as part of the challenge.”