A study on reading habits of higher secondary school students
Dr. Priti Chaudhari, Dimpal Patel
Reading is an essential tool for learning exchange and the habit of reading in a person is an academic activity that builds abilities in reading methodologies. Through reading, information can be obtained through reading printed and non-printed type of materials. For instance, books, magazines, electronic journals etc. Walia & Sinha (2014) assert that reading is regarded as a process, a mode of thinking and a kind of real experience, and it involves many complex skills: the ability to perceive printed words, to skim for information and then perhaps to read intensively. According to Kutay (2014), reading improves the thinking ability by giving new concepts and ideas and enhances vocabulary and language which is essential in verbal communication. A child should be taught how to read at a young age because at the early stages of life is a pinnacle point in developing habits. If instilled at such an early age and nurtured properly as the child grows, they are more likely to retain and further improve their habit of reading. It is proven from one of the articles that reading habits improves students’ academic performance. Perhaps, if they lack in reading habits in their daily life, they might not excel in their academic performance and might not get good grades in school. In conclusion, reading is an essential part of everyday life. Without reading, information and knowledge from long ago would not have been passed on accurately as it is today. Civilizations developed on the knowledge passed down from generations all through the simple act of reading. As such it is important for our generation and the coming generations to maintain an eager mind and thirst for knowledge; for it cannot be attained without reading.