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Tips To Becoming A Better Reader

Take some time to visit a library and find some books on subjects that interest you.

Reading can be hard, I won’t deny it. Social media has reduced our attention span and we’re losing the ability to maintain patience every day given the new world we live in. Whether it be for school or for your own personal benefit, reading is important and will play a major role in whatever it is you’re doing now and in the future. Heck, you’re reading this right now!

So how can you adopt better reading habits? Here are some tips.

Read What You Like. One of the best ways to become a better reader is to read about topics you like. Now, this may not be possible when it comes to school work, but when it comes to your free time you are in control of your reading selection. Pick books or magazines on topics you have an interest in like, fantasies, romances, thrillers, mysteries, cars, or even video games. What you choose is up to you.

Annotate or Paraphrase. This applies especially for school, and your teachers probably go off about this all the time, but this seriously helps a ton. Grab some sticky notes and mark some important details on pages for future reference, summarize key moments to use in a later essay, and so on. I cannot stress this enough–it helps you better interpret the text, as well as keep your mind familiarized with the book’s previous story or concepts.

Free Up Time. Reading isn’t just something you can do while multitasking or focused on something else–books are immersive and require your undivided attention. Free up some time, like 30 mins to an hour every day, dedicate that time to peacefully reading, and be devoted to the book in hand. Get some ambient music going or be in complete silence and enjoy the book! Don’t let it become a chore, and try not to skim through pages!

Discuss The Book With Others. If there are teachers or friends or fellow students who have read or are reading the book you have, inquire with them! Ask them questions or what their thoughts are so far. Be willing to be open minded and hear other people’s interpretations. Or just check out people’s opinions online! New perspectives can enhance the reading experience tenfold.

These have helped me a ton as a student and in my free time while reading. What books are you reading? Let me know!

 

By Ezan Charo, Junior, ChiArts
Twitter: @digitalwarlock8

 

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Written by Ezan Charo

I'm an Asian-African writer/cartoonist. Avid Tetris player, Dungeon Master, Rubik's Cube speedsolver, and massive nerd.

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