Your reading log is an important part of your schoolwork. A good reading log shows how you focus and process information and helps you build better listening and comprehension skills for the future. Unfortunately, a lot of poorly constructed reading habit sheets (sometimes called reading practice sheets) abound on the Internet, with their poor construction and shoddy information. This article shows you how to make a quality reading log that will serve you well for the rest of your school career.
You can either download this particular template or its graphical frame and embed it into your reading log sheet. Or you could simply follow the patterns of other excellent sheets in the Microsoft Word file format. That’s because the PDF itself is essentially a compressed version of Microsoft Word. The same formatting rules apply to PDF files as to all other Word documents. You can also use the Print Preview feature of Windows to view the resulting PDF file. You may also click on the “Print” button on the desktop to preview the result.
Some examples of good reading log sheet templates are available at this site. One combines PowerPoint slides with a Word document in a sidebar window, while another allows you to use the Word macro to display a visual representation of a spreadsheet. Another includes a Word document along with an image file in the right pane, a table and columns in the left pane, and a text box containing the main contents in the top pane.
How do you go about creating your reading log sheet? In any case where you choose to download a template, you should ensure that it includes a comprehensive printing capability. If there’s a problem, you may have to convert it to the proper file format – something that’s quite easy to do with some PDF applications. If you encounter problems, you could try opening the file in Microsoft Word and then restoring it from the PDF menu. The only thing that you need to be careful about is keeping a backup of your file before doing so.
One other thing that you should be aware of is that your local printer manufacturer’s catalog lists some free reading log sheet templates that you can use. To find them, search for “pdf.” On the “products” section, you’ll find a link for “pdf viewer.” Click on it and you’ll be able to download a free reader, although you won’t be able to view or print the resulting PDF file. If you’re only interested in viewing the file format on the computer, however, this is acceptable as long as you don’t try to print the resulting PDF.
One more thing that you should keep in mind is that a reading log sheet is a great tool for keeping track of book details. But if you’re just using it for keeping book details on the computer, it’s very important that you don’t display the entire document onto the screen. For one, you may accidentally display all the bookmarks on the screen. And you also have to be careful about displaying sensitive information, such as passwords.