Reading is a passive hobby, which consists of sitting and reading a piece of literature for pleasure or to gain some information. Nowadays, more people prefer to read electronic books and online materials. However, other people still prefer to read books.
There are several benefits of reading, especially because it can bring about positive changes in life. All age groups can read and benefit from it. However, the problem is people do not know how to read effectively. Let us find out more about the advantages of reading. Then, discover some tips for effective reading.
What are the benefits of reading?
Most children and adults learn for pleasure in their free time, whereas teens and adolescents may also read to gain knowledge. Reading provides considerable resources for researchers and for those who are looking for developing specific skills.
That is because authors and writers often use vivid expressions to fill the reader with clear mental pictures of what is being talked about. In order to excel in their studies, it is crucial that the learners read a lot, make researches and become independent learners.
Learn how to read effectively
Here are successful ways to gain more benefits from reading:
Read the title
The title is a summary of the ideas developed within the whole book and the whole chapter. Pay attention to the title and subtitles before and after reading to understand better.
Look at the setting and context
When reading a book, it is essential to know when and where the story was set; then, try to understand the ideas from the contextual situations. Read the sentences before and after the idea you focus on to successfully grasp the meaning.
Use a dictionary
Even though you read in your mother tongue language, some words may be ambiguous or fuzzy. Therefore, it is helpful to use a dictionary of definition, a dictionary of synonyms or antonym to clearly understand the meaning of some difficult words and understand the ideas.
Analyze the meaning
This consists of carefully considering what has been written. Start by analyzing the contrary-to-fact situations. For instance, if the author said, “it was raining too much and the Jones had to stay indoor.” This means that they could not go out because of the heavy rain. However, if the weather had been good, they could have gone on a picnic or shopping, or even swimming.
In order to grasp the full meaning of a piece of writing, it is advisable to think critically. This consists of analyzing possible factors, and also the possible consequences of an event or an incident. Additionally, consider the suggested solutions or the decisions made by the protagonists in the story and think about alternative ways to solve the problem in the book.
Relate to the article
The best method consists of implementing or applying what you have read to your life experiences. Compare the situation described in the book to real life experiences and try to apply the suggested measures to solve your current problem.
Finding inner peace through reading
Reading provides good moral lessons to learn in life. Reading can empower its readers with their inner strengths. The best-seller entitled “When the Dessert Blooms” (2018) by Prem Rawat is a case in point. The book has helped millions of people to find a new hope in life. The book was written in Spanish: “Cuando el desierto florece”.
Beside this, it provides its readers with know-hows, knowledge, which endow the readers with essential life skills to overcome daily worries. Prem Rawat is devoted to peace education and “Knowledge” building to help people find their inner peace. He believes that world peace starts from each individual. So, enjoy reading!