How Further Reading Could Help You

If your reading skills are of a decent reading standard already then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be making the most of your skill.

Many people are capable readers who have simply forgotten the wealth of knowledge and experience that they can gain by just picking up a book.

For those that choose the path of literacy there are whole host of valuable outcomes that you could benefit from. We’ve laid out just a few of the things that you could benefit from should you choose to pick up a book and get reading:

Learn how to do something new

Books aren’t just there to entertain us, often they can teach us new skills, ideologies or even languages. For busy people, who work full-time or perhaps have children, it can be really difficult to find the time to learn and develop personally. Books, such as the For Dummies series, specialise in breaking down subjects or skills so that they can be easily learnt by beginners in their own time. Subjects include: Chess, Programming and Fishing.

Get inspired by History

If you feel like you need to learn more about History or simply want to gain a fresh perspective on life then you might want to try reading a historical novel. These books take real-life historical figures and lightly dramatise their lives – good examples are Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, the first of a trilogy of books centred on Thomas Cromwell. Although lengthy, these kinds of book are great at educating and entertaining at the same time.

Get to grips with new formats

Advanced readers can test their skills by attempting to read a completely different format. These kinds of documents can often be a little harder to ferret out, but they can make for truly absorbing reading. Getting your hands on a setting out engineering survey, for example, could be bewildering at first, but you’ll start to understand more about this niche the more you read them. You can also raid Gov.uk to find legal documents, such as laws and policies, that will really flex your skills.

Gain insight into another life

There might be no better way to experience another culture, or discover more about other peoples, than by reading an autobiography. People have been writing down their life stories for centuries now, making this kind of book particularly easy to pick up. Most of the time people choose to write their life story in a casual style, matching the way that they talk. This often leads to a personal reading experience where you’re allowed to truly get to know the subject.

Read within your knowledge base

Although many people choose to read books that broaden their knowledge base, there’s nothing wrong with reading within your interests. If you’re passionate about a certain subject then you can advance your career using this or simply deepen your knowledge for your own satisfaction. It might be that you have to spend more time and money reading deeply in to a subject, but it could lead you to becoming a true expert in your own field.…

Starting Out: Small Steps

Reading is just like any other hobby or skill: it takes time to get better.

You can’t simply improve your reading ability over night – it’s not that easy.

The road to a better reading ability starts here! If you’ve decided to improve your reading skill then you’ve come to the right place. Reading is a key part of the human experience, depriving yourself of such a pleasure will limit your understanding of the world around you and will also hamper your ability to communicate with other people.

These tips have been designed to help the kind of ‘functionally illiterate‘ person, of which 15% of our country is made up of. These people can read short sections of text, but will often struggle with anything long or involving a subject that they have little knowledge of. Before you get started on your reading literacy journey, take a look at these ideas to aid you in your quest for knowledge!

Practice reading every day

Finding time to read every day is crucial if you wish to increase your skill level. This doesn’t mean scrolling through Facebook for hours, ‘reading’ people’s rants and comments. This means dedicating at least a half-hour or whole hour to sitting down and reading a single piece of text. Depending on your skill level this could either be a short-story from a collection or a good-sized news or magazine article.

Read a wide range of texts

It’s crucial that you read a wide range of texts. By constantly challenging yourself to read different types of text you will be able to understand the complexities behind the English language quicker. A children’s book can be just as enlightening as reading a bit of the Bible, if you approach reading from this angle – it’s also a good idea to read non-narrative text (such as articles or papers) based around subjects of your interest.

Try and read on paper as much as possible

Whilst reading on screens might well be one of the most convenient ways to read, but most mobile devices do not lend themselves well to long periods of reading. Despite the popularity of e-readers and tablets, reading a book with the use of natural light or a lamp is a much more sustainable, natural way to appreciate the written word. You’ll be able to read for much longer stretches if you choose to read on paper.

Keep a record of the things that you read

 

Recording your progress is a great way of improving your confidence and self-esteem. Simply use a book or diary to make a note of what you’ve been reading on a day-to-day basis so that you can look back at what you have accomplished at the end of each week. Using this method you can keep track of ongoing books and also reflect on things that you have read in the past.

Write about your reading experiences!

One of the best ways to advance your reading skills is by writing about them! Although you might not feel like you are capable of expressing your opinions on a text, let alone putting them down to writing, writing just a few words about how a text has chimed with you can aid your development greatly. You can start by simply drawing out a spider-diagram of what you’ve learnt, before attempting to collect those thoughts into a cohesive paragraph.…