A Book A Day Keeps The Bad Grades At Bay

 

The conclusion that a good reading habit correlates with better academic performance, as well as improved learning capacity, was reached through several studies. Generally, these studies have shown that learners with good reading habits are more successful academically and emotionally; they also show a positive relationship between the two.

Good reading habits lead to better academic performance, increase comprehension skills of the learner, and enhance their understanding of words in context. Learners with strong reading skills are more likely to answer questions efficiently on tests or exams which improves test scores.

Reading is a great way for learners to learn new information and build vocabulary. This can come in handy when living in an information age where knowledge is all the rage since reading more often will help you gain greater skills of analysis. Additionally, as a learner advances their analytical capabilities by reading frequently, they will also improve their learning capacity with better concentration skills – meaning they are able to process what they read more effectively and retain it longer than those who don’t read quite so much!

Therefore, it is recommended that students who want to cultivate a good reading habit should read more recreationally and not just focus on academic work. It’s best to start this kind of reading early in life when impressionability will be at its peak, so this way the new book industry can become part of their lives forever. However, even if a student has been living with bad habits for some time now they are never too late to change them- even older individuals can have good habits instilled into them! To accomplish this, you’ll need patience and determination— but by God, those two things aren’t such big problems considering what you get out!

So why aren’t learners reading more? Learners nowadays prefer to play with digital gadgets and toys rather than engage in reading. The digital age has lots of distractions that can stimulate a child without making them want to read. So environmental conditions play a big role in whether or not learners are likely to read because they make it easier or harder for them to participate in reading activities like checking out books from their school library, borrowing books from friends, etc.

With clearly a lot of benefits for reading, you could be wondering how to get your child to read more. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Get books in subjects your child is already interested in. For example, if your child likes sci-fi movies then a book based on their interest could be more interesting than other storybooks.
  2. For younger readers, picture books and magazines are a great way to begin building a reading habit. The pictures will prevent the child from being overwhelmed by all the words. Just be mindful of the content of the reading material.
  3. Set a time for all members of the family to read in silence with no electronics. This can be done by parents leading by example, too: not doing anything on their smartphones or tablets and just reading a book themselves.
  4. Turn it into a friendly competition, where the first person in the house to read a certain number of pages or books will be rewarded with something.
  5. We recommend getting a book as a present for any birthday, Christmas or other special occasions. This will reinforce the value of books at home and encourage reading throughout life.
  6. Lastly, BRIBE THEM IF YOU HAVE TO. Offer extra pocket money for reading. Let the child use reading as a tool to make extra money, or to earn something new that they really want.

Remember, it doesn’t need to cost anything to develop a reading habit. You can use your local library or get free e-books online – even form a book-sharing club with friends!

Good luck on your reading journey!

Further reading for more information
Owusu-Acheaw, Micheal, “Reading Habits Among Students and its Effect on Academic Performance: A Study of Students of Koforidua Polytechnic” (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal). 1130.
J. Pretorius (2002) Reading ability and academic performance in South Africa: Are we fiddling while Rome is burning?, Language Matters, 33:1, 169-196, DOI: 10.1080/10228190208566183

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