The Timeless Magic of Reading

It has been said that “Books make a man complete”. While it was said centuries ago, it is a sentiment that still holds true today. However, it is sad truth that the younger generations’ interest in reading is strained. Today one would find entertainment in a variety of other ways. Movies, music, T.V series and video games all vie for the attention of the masses. Not just the younger generation but also for the older, who may also be looking for a quicker form of entertainment, or a flashier one. A worrying trend when you take into consideration the vast...

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Understand the Basics of Speed Reading

Increasing the rate in which you can process and understand a document, paper, book, or essay is called Speed Reading. Speed reading has become a necessity to many as a tool to manage time and information. Especially for those in the fast-paced business world, and students who must get through heavy reading class loads. For the practiced speed reader, a lengthy document or a stack of papers, will cause no trouble as they are able to extract the most important of details just by skimming over and picking out the vital information and ignoring the rest. Speed reading is not...

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Speed Reading – Searching for the Main Ideas

Learning the main ideas in any text is essential. And its not just about learning what the author is talking about, but it’s also being able to understand it in your own words that is also critical. So, finding the main ideas is perfect for outlining in textbooks, especially when speed reading. Try making a habit of finding the main idea/s in every paragraph that you read. Finding and extracting these details means that you zone in on the authors point more quickly, and therefore can understand the text rather than getting lost. You will find there is usually one...

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The Basics to Speed Reading

Speed Reading is a skill that is becoming vital in business and academic world’s today, with the increasing amount of information that is available online. Couple this with the amount of reading a manager or student faces, being able to intake information faster is something that is a must. In the last forty odd years the world of information that is available has increased dramatically. This “information revolution” enables professionals and students access to a world of information but requires significant effort in digesting the information and then making good use of it. This is where speed reading becomes useful....

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The Importance of Reading to your Child Aloud

So, these days it is more common to see your child sitting down playing video games, watching television, surfing the net, or listening to music. And for the most part there is nothing wrong with any of those activities, so long as they are done in moderation. It is not uncommon for parents to wish that their kids would participate in more constructive activities – reading books for instance – however, the problem is getting them to sit down and open a book a few times a week. One way to get them to start is by sitting down and...

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Tantalizing Fiction: What makes them irresistible?

A writer’s job in any genre is to tell a story whether it be factual (non-fiction) or works of the imagination (fiction). We as the reader seek several things when we read fiction; suspense, action, romance and a journey that we have not been on before. We want to escape into a world that is not our own, with characters we want to remember long after we have read the last page and shut the book. But most of all we want a book that we can’t put down. Here are three elements of a good fiction book: Well-developed characters:...

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Choosing the Right Book to Read

Free time is something that is spent in varying different ways. And it depends of the personality of the person spending it. For instance, if you are lively and active, one might spend time outdoors or doing sports, if you are sociable, one might enjoy holding a party or going out with friends. Or perhaps you prefer your free time to be accompanied by a book. Sit somewhere comfortable and escape to all corners of the world and block out the world around you.  However, we of the book reading variety, are one of many. There are those who, with a passion, stay away from books....

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All it Takes is a Little Imagination

Reading is a big step for any child to learn, and it can also be a daunting one. Especially when the adults in children’s lives are waiting for their child to start. These pressures and expectations can lead to a loss of enthusiasm and excitement in a child wanting to learn how to read. Feeling like they can’t meet these, the desire or readiness to read often disappears. So, it is up to us as adults, whether we are parents, grandparents, older siblings, or teachers to try and find new ways to make reading an enjoyable experience that will encourage...

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