The Journey Of Lifetime Starts With Turning Of A Page: Reading!
Reading is one of the most fundamental skills a child needs to learn to succeed in life. Developing good reading habits is vital to your child's future not just academically, but in everyday life as well. Reading allows for exposure to words and phrases that you might not use as part of normal speech.
Why should you develop reading habits?
The habit of reading is one of the best qualities that a person can possess. Books are known to be your best friend for a reason. Reading helps a great deal in building your confidence, reduces the stress and puts you in a better mood. Once you start reading books and make it your habit, you will eventually get addicted to it. Reading is the best kind of refreshment that you need from your hectic life schedule. So no matter how busy you get, do not forget to make time for you and your books. Now if you are a person who doesn?t read, well it?s never too late to start.
Set a goal
A good idea to motivate yourself to read more is to set a goal. For example, you could set a goal to read a certain number of books this year or a certain number of pages each day and then work on reaching that goal. Some tools you can use to help you achieve your reading goals include the Bookly app and the GoodReads.com Reading Challenge.
Schedule a time for reading
To make sure that you will read every day, you need to schedule reading into your day. You could read first thing in the morning, during your commute, before going to sleep or even during lunch.
Find a good place to read
Something that will help you read more is finding a good place to read. This should preferably be somewhere quiet, without any distractions. You could read in your bed, in a comfortable chair or sofa, on a park bench, and of course ? at the library.
Make sure to eliminate any distractions that might be interfering with your reading ? turn off the TV and put your smartphone on silent.
While passive reading is better than no reading at all, I would highly suggest you try an active approach to reading. When I say ?read actively?, I mean think about what you are reading, highlight passages that you think are important or interesting, write comments and notes either on the book?s margins or in a separate notebook. If you are reading on your smartphone or your ebook reader, take advantage of their highlighting and note features.
Keep a reading journal
I highly recommend keeping a reading journal where you can write down quotes that you like, record what books you have read, jot down any thoughts related to the book as well as any comments you have on what you have read. You can review these later to refresh your memory or to get new ideas.
Carry a book everywhere you go
Always carry some reading material with you, either in the form of a physical book, or an ebook on your smartphone or ebook reader. That way you?re able to read whenever you get a chance. This allows you to spend those little breaks in your day reading instead of scrolling your Facebook or Instagram feed.
Replace other forms of entertainment with reading
A good way to read more is to replace other forms of entertainment with reading. For example, instead of watching TV or movies, playing video games, or mindlessly browsing the Explore tab on Instagram ? read a book. This will allow you to read a lot more books every year.
Get a reading partner
You can also get a reading partner to help you keep yourself accountable to your reading goals. This can be a friend of yours, a significant other, or a colleague. You can start reading the same book with your reading partner and then discuss it as you read or once you both finish reading the book.
Reading has a number of benefits including improving your memory and vocabulary, helping you learn new things, and improving focus and concentration. A lot of people say that they want to develop a reading habit but are unable to due to a lack of time. The tricks above will surely help you develop the habit