In this short blog post I want to take on a belief that far too many of my students have when they come to my course - and that is the notion of reading being a skill that you learn once and will then be fixed and unchangeable. This, however, could not be further from the truth.
Reading, like any skill, is learned, trained and mastered.
Reading, like any skill, gets better with the amount of time we apply to reading in our daily life. If you hardly ever read - don't expect that you enjoy reading or that you possess great reading skills.
A man who reads one book a year does not have the same reading skills as a person who reads one book a day.
In sports, the key to success is training and applying the trained methods - again and again - until we master them. This same principle applies to your reading skill.
To the same effect if you only read fiction - you've mastered reading fiction in no time. But if you change genre and begin reading non-fiction - you'll leave your comfort...
I have become a huge fan of electronic reading, and today I always choose reading on my Kindle eReader or with my Kindle app on my tablet rather than reading the old-fashioned way with a paper book in hand.
There are a few reasons why this is so, and the main one is that with the eReader I am in total control of my reading experience. The reader has never had as much control over their own reading experience as they have today. I have even spouted and proclaimed that the eReader and tablets are the greatest innovation in our reading since Gutenberg carried out his first printed Bibles from his print shop.
There are 7 tips I always give my students when they are reading on their own eReaders. I created this list because I found that almost 95% of my students were not using their eReaders in the right way. They were not taking advantage of the massive benefits that the eReader can give you while reading your books and texts. Something that I go into much more detail with them...
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