Why is reading for pleasure important?

‘Reading for pleasure isn’t separate from learning to read.’ – Pam Allyn

 

We often hear about the benefits students can reap if they read for pleasure.  Schools and parents are keen to try and instil this joy in their students/children. But why does it matter?

There is robust evidence that reading for pleasure aids academic achievement. We know that academic accomplishment is important for all of our students, but have you considered that being able to read proficiently will also benefit students throughout their adult life?

Exposure to New Things

Through reading, you expose yourself to new things, new information, new ways to solve a problem, and new ways to achieve your goals.  Who knows – students might actually explore one thing they really like and it may end up becoming their career and success in the future. Exploration begins from reading and understanding.

Self-Improvement

Through reading, you begin understand the world more. Through reading, you begin to have a greater understanding on a topic that interests you; for example: how to build self-confidence, how to plan before taking action, how to memorise more information.

Improve Understanding

The more you read, the more you understand the subject: the details and perspectives surrounding that subject.  Reading also increases the understanding of the rules of life, in order for you to adapt, adopt and accommodate into the society better.

Preparation for Action

Before you take action on anything, where should you seek for help and guidance? Reading is an essential way which can help you out. In today’s world, getting reviews and feedback from other people can make a big impact on your next decision, and the pros and cons of each choice.

Gain Experience from Other People

When you are reading, you are actually gaining the knowledge and experience of someone. This might shape your own opinions and ideas.

Tools of Communicating

Communication is the most important tool which can be transmitted through reading. As you communicate through reading, you understand more, and thus you can communicate more successfully with people.

Connecting Your Brain

When reading, you’re in full silence, because reading connects directly to your brain. This silence trains the brain to focus and absorb information at a deeper more profound level.

Boost Imagination and Creativity

Reading exposes you to a world of imagination, showing you nothing is impossible in this world. By reading, you are exploring a new angle, and understand how different actions leads to alternative results. Books are beyond imagination. Bools can be compared to a huge spider web, where you keep linking more ideas and concepts to what you already know. Mentally you are structuring new solutions and answers: enabling you to take on life’s challenges.

Below is a link to the Reading Agency Website it has carried out a report that details their findings on the benefits of reading for pleasure. 

https://readingagency.org.uk/news/blog/why-is-reading-for-pleasure-important.html

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Victoria Jackson

Teacher of English

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