Reading may seem like a thing of lore, a forgotten concept in this modern world where any information is accessible in a matter of seconds with the wonder called the Internet and where visual effects and hearing sensations have predominance over the written word. Many kids of modern age rarely even come into contact with a piece of old paper that smells just like the years that have gone by – an old book they need to read for their school report. Instead, they grab their smartphone or laptop and quickly download the e-book they need. Or, even worse, the complete book report already compiled by someone else.
Reading books, which may seem out of fashion to high school kids, has many obvious and essential benefits for a developing personality in young people, but also for men and women of later age. The mental stimulation provided by books can, according to certain studies, act to slow down the progress, or even prevent, possibly, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Stimulating the brain by reading, solving puzzles or playing logic games is very helpful in keeping the brain active and engaged.
Books are a great stress relief because they have the ability to „transport “the reader into another world, where the common and daily problems simply vanish. Work related stress, family problems, or any other problem you might have, they will temporarily disappear while you read and let your tensions float away so you can finally relax.
Reading will make you smarter, your grandma used to say. Well, she was right. Every page you turn means you have also turned over lots of new information about the world, nature, people. Knowledge is power, as they say, and you never know when a piece of information will come in handy.
Similarly, as your knowledge grows, your vocabulary will grow with it. All thanks to reading. Knowing the meaning of words is essential not just to knowledge, but to present the knowledge you have. The ability to articulate well is very important, in every profession there. Being well-spoken and knowledgeable will surely aid your career because people will value you more for your ability to converse with your seniors on an equal footing. Also, the broadness of vocabulary is excellent in learning new languages.
Memory, often frail and elusive, will thank you for reading. Every time you read a book, new synapses are formed in your brain and existing ones are strengthened, meaning your short-term memory is being nourished. All those characters and their desires, ambitions, histories, plots and sub-plots are a thing to remember and your brain will be delighted to process all this information.
Books will keep you focused and concentrated, because you need to point your attention to the text and nothing else. In our modern world, information is everywhere around us and we are constantly changing our object of attention, practically every few seconds. This can cause stress levels to rise quicky, and, consequently, keep our productivity low. Reading a book is immersive and will keep you oriented at all the fine details in the book, which will help your ability to stay focused.
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Many advantages of eBooks are cited by modern technology enthusiasts. EBooks are mobile because you can have an entire library in your pocket. Not just that, even if you lose this virtual library, the information will not be lost if you backed up your data. EBooks save space because you will not need shelves upon shelves where you would otherwise place your traditional paper books. As said earlier, an entire library will be yours to carry around, full of eBooks. This comes in handy with moving. And with eBooks, you will never run out of necessary space, no matter how small your apartment is. EBooks are convenient, because you will never have to feel guilty in those situations when somebody gave you the worst book you have ever read as a present and now you want to get rid of it, but your conscience is bothering you. Also, the convenience of eBooks is obvious when you want to find quickly another book to read – it is just a few clicks away. EBooks are easy to use; they can accommodate to any reader because you can adjust the size of fonts, bookmark or highlight the specific text you need and also conduct quick searches without having to turn pages. With eBooks, you will save on shipping costs, waiting time – no more standing in lines – and you will save time and gas because buying books electronically does not involve driving a car.
Now, call me old-fashioned, but I would much rather embrace the roughed up leather bindings of an old copy of „Julius Caesar“ which smells of the decades-long accumulation of dust and times past is something that cannot be replicated. The simple sensation of touch can say so much, sometimes even more than all the letters found in the book inside the covers. An old book is like a detective story: there is so much to find out about the owner or the previous owner of the book just by looking at it, touching it, smelling it. And tell me, how can you smell an eBook? How can you reproduce that combination of aged paper, decades old ink and glue that combined to make a book? How can you touch an eBook? And here i do not mean the plastic of your mobile phone.
Books are a thing to cherish and keep; they can be passed down from generation to generation, just like your grandfather’s watch he carried to the Great War or your father’s couplings he got from your mother when they were young. We all know things cannot replace our loved ones. But they sure can make bring up beautiful memories. And a book is a perfect example.
An old book is just like an old friend – they will enjoy being revisited and you will enjoy revisiting them. They just stick around, like good friends around us, to revive the times of old. And no matter how much space they take, i will always find a corner in my apartment for a bookshelf.
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What exactly means Read and Write learners? These kinds of learners are very traditional ones. They are so conventional and the best for old school ways of learning, such as taking notes during the class. If your child is one of these kinds of students, you can improve their studying in the following ways.
The most important advice for these kinds of learners is to take notes, a lot of notes so they will be able to cement the facts and ideas into their head. This way you are using more effort and your brain is working twice faster than usual. Thus, your brain memorizes better. These notes should be written in your words. First of all, this means that you understood everything that you had read. You can’t imagine how important this is for learning.
Rewriting the notes is as important as taking notes. This way you are reviewing everything that you wrote. Don’t underestimate the importance of this part of learning. However don’t do it word for word, you have to retell it again in your head. If you do it word for word, you are risking doing it mechanically and making of it nothing more than a waste of time. So if you want to does this part do it properly or don’t do it at all.
Notes during the class
Notes during the class are the most important part of the studying. First of all, this is an assurance that you are going to listen to your teacher. This is the guarantee that you are going to turn on your brain during the class. Therefore, you are not going to lose time at school. And you are going to spare a lot of free time excluded for home.
Don’t lose handouts
Handouts can save a lot of your time. Sometimes your teacher speaks so fast that it is practically impossible to write down everything. That is why you should use handouts. If they are related to the lesson, then you should use it all the time.
To be better organized you should use bullet points lists. This way you will condense information into small bits. This is the easiest way to put down a lot of information just in one easy to read format.
Diagrams and charts
If you are not good at reading diagrams or charts, you should interpret them with words. This way you will understand it while retelling them. If this is not the case, then you should just study them thoroughly and try to memorize the information as much as possible.
If your child is one of these kinds of learners, then you should help him at the very first beginning. Try to motivate him with interesting office material and equipment. Buy him a colorful notebook or a packet of highlighters. Teach him how to enjoy learning, how to make it enjoyable. This way you will motivate him and his creativity, which is very important part of learning.
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