Learning the Rewards of Reading

Do you enjoy reading? Have you read any books lately? Would you consider yourself a wide-reader? It is very easy to identify a wide reader in classroom or even at work.  Wide readers think and speak well. They win the admiration, respect, and good opinion of others.

The Rewards of Reading

Reading is beneficial: it is pleasable and it expands the mind. Reading involves both physical and mental faculities, though it is considered more a mental activity.  When you read, you use your mind and your imagination to visualise the content of the book.   Reading is enjoyable and memorable when you are able to paint the setting of the detective thriller you are reading in your mind; visualize the different arguments and ideas brought up by the author.  The whole story unfolds in your mind.

Image: “Good Friends (Portrait of the Artist’s Sister Bertha Edelfelt)” by Albert Edelfelt (source). 

A skillful reader has a wide recognition vocabulary. He/she may not know exactly what every word means, but he/she will have a good general idea of the meaning of the sentence.

Reading makes you alert and curious about new words and develop the dictionary habit. Every time they come across a strange word, they try to figure out what it can possibly mean by the context. If they cannot do this, they refer to the dictionary.

Likewise, reading develops intellectual curiosity by exposing you to a variety of materials. You learn to read by reading books of increasing difficulty and variety. As in other forms of activity, you learn by actually doing.

Reading trains you to have an active and open mind. Merely grasping the writer’s idea is not enough. You must make a positive response to what you read. Be an active, not a passive, reader. Develop the habit of drawing your own conclusions, the habit of active thinking, of agreeing or disagreeing with the author. Keep your mind open; understand and weigh the ideas that you read. A practical part of active reading is the drawing of conclusions.

Four Basic Rules for Effective Reading and Better Comprehension

Allow me to share four basic rules for effective reading and better comprehension:

1) Try to read more and more. Remember the saying that practice makes perfect. Practicing in the correct way makes perfect.

2) Develop the habit of reading for main ideas. Look for the subject and predicate. Do not waste time on details or little words.

3) Learn to read with focus and concentration. Think of what you are reading. Do not let your attention wander somewhere else. Good readers read with understanding.

4) Learn to budget your time. Experiment with your reading time. Try purposely to read faster. Give yourself a time limit on specific material that you read.

Reading is a stimulating mental activity. It expands your reality and capability. You have so much to gain in discovering the joys of reading. Go ahead; grab a book right now and reap the rewards of reading.

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