For academic growth and development, having the right learning skills is very important. Among various learning habits like writing, communicating, and active listening, students take reading very lightly. Nowadays, students are reluctant to read their course books and interest in reading other informative content like manuals and novels is also reduced.
To have a sharp mind, and up-to-date knowledge, and for academic and professional success, reading books is very important. Let us learn the benefits of reading books. We will also be discussing a few tips that teachers can to make students more into book reading.
Benefits of book reading for students
- Textbook reading enhances the academic performance of students.
When students read the lessons given in the textbooks thoroughly, they tend to relate to and understand every topic properly. With a good understanding, memorization becomes easy and effective. This helps students to perform in class discussions well. Their exam scores and ranks are also enhanced this way.
- Improves one’s vocabulary
When students read the coursebooks or any novel, storybook, or educational content, they come up with many new words, phrases, and idioms. They search for the meanings, and synonyms of these new words too. This boosts students’ vocabulary knowledge. With good vocabulary, students’ verbal communication and public speaking skills are also enhanced.
- Writing skills are enhanced
When students read books, they learn proper sentence formation. They become familiar with the correct grammar usage, and their vocabulary is also improved. This enhances students’ writing skills. They start framing eye-catching, more informative, and accurate answers. Essay writing skills are also enhanced.
- Helps to enhance brain functioning
When students read the lessons or other books line-wise, their concentration and focus are improved. This enhances the brain functioning of the students. They become active, effective, and mentally calm. This is very beneficial for the academic growth of students.
- Broadens knowledge
Reading books, magazines, novels, biography, hies, etc helps students to learn about many new things, inventions, history, facts, and more. With so much information in hand, students become more knowledgeable. This improves students’ participation in classroom and public discussions. Their general knowledge is also boosted.
Tips for teachers to make students more involved with book reading
- Make students read lessons in class
One of the best ways to make students read the books is to have reading time in the class. Many teachers make the mistake of reading the topics and making students sit as mere listeners. This is the wrong way of teaching and must be reversed. Make your students read the class lessons. One by one ask them to read aloud the lesson being taught. This will enhance reading skills, as well as understanding and concentration levels will also be improved.
- Have library visits
Another way to enhance students’ habit of reading books is to have library visits. Along with academic subject classes, by using a school ERP, all teachers should manage to conduct library visits. In all schools, libraries are made which have books to read and explore for all age groups.
From elementary classes to senior secondary, make sure to take students to the library. Make them read the interesting books of their interest. Reading the manuals, educational journals, and storybooks will enhance students’ knowledge to a great extent. You can also allow your students to get books or novels issued from the library for a particular time and later return them.
- Give reading homework
Growing effective reading skills cannot be limited to the classroom. In a class, various other activities need to be conducted too. To develop reading skills, students’ self-efforts are equally important. To do so, giving homework is advisable. Other than textbooks, you can give homework to read your favorite storybook or a comic and write a brief on what you understood.
You can give homework such as reading comprehension. Ask students to read the passages and answer the related questions given. Set deadlines to ensure timely homework submission. Using a school information management system, maintain the records of homework. Keep a check on who all are not submitting the homework and ask for valid reasons too.
To become more knowledgeable, and have effective communication and writing skills, reading books help students to a great extent. By reading the above-mentioned information, we can see the benefits of book reading for students. We also discussed a few tips that teachers can follow to make students more involved with book reading. This will enhance their academic growth too.