Why Reading Can Benefit You and How to Become a Better Reader
Do you want to improve your life? Then, you need to start reading. Study after study confirms that reading has major benefits. Reading will not only improve your cognitive abilities, but it will also improve your overall mood.
For adults who head back to school, reading is necessary – not just for passing your courses but also because it gives you a leg up. Reading exposes you to new information and other worldviews, making it easier for you to survive in the classroom and the workplace.
Read to Develop Empathy
In the famous American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, the author writes, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Through reading books about different people and different life experiences, you get an opportunity to consider someone else’s point of view – a skill that is necessary for developing empathy.
Read to Alleviate Stress
As an adult student, your life is busy and stressful. Reading is a fantastic way to escape the busyness of life, and it has also been proven to reduce stress levels by up to 68%. Plus, as little as six minutes of reading before bedtime can significantly help relax your body and your mind.
Read to Improve Your Vocabulary
Rather than trying to memorize new words, you can improve your vocabulary by reading. This is because it is easier to learn new vocabulary when you read the words in context rather than just seeing a word and its definition.
Read to Feel Better
In addition to being a great way to destress, reading has been proven to help people feel better. For example, when someone feels like they are going through something alone, reading a book where a character experiences something similar can help the individual feel less alone. Books can help people cope with difficult situations.
Read to Exercise Your Brain
Finally, reading has been proven to strengthen one’s cognitive abilities. For example, one study found that those who read have a lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s.
Tips to Become a Better Reader and Book Lover
LA ORT strives to help students not only see the importance of reading but also to learn ways to improve their reading lives. With the help of Cornerstone, we’ve compiled these eight tips to help weak readers become better readers and book lovers.
Read out Sometimes it helps to hear the words in addition to seeing them and reading them silently.
Do a little pre-reading. Ask yourself some basics before you start reading, such as “What is this text about?”
Re-read when necessary. If you don’t understand something you’ve read, go back and re-read the sentence or paragraph.
Talk about what you’re reading. Simply talking to someone else about what you’re reading will help you comprehend the text.
Make a note of what stands out. Take notes, highlight, or underline the things in the text that stand out to you as important.
Use the pointer method. Don’t lose your space by using your pointer finger to point out what you are reading.
Watch your speed. The goal isn’t to read as fast as possible. The goal is to understand the material. Take your time.
Take breaks. Again, don’t read like it is a race. Take breaks to digest the material. Read a chapter a day so you can absorb and comprehend the information rather than speed reading and not understanding what you are reading.
LA ORT wants to help you improve the quality of your life, and developing proper reading habits helps you enrich both your personal as well as career life. Visit www.LAORT.edu or call the ORT career college in Los Angeles near you at (800) 998-2678 to learn more.