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7 wonders of reading

Nelly Ali reveals how books provide endless opportunities to explore the world we live in, and can also give you other skills to get ahead in life.

Imagination

  • Reading can be great for the imagination and developing creativity that can help you in later life. The words on the page ultimately ask you to imagine concepts that you can relate to. The transportation into a book becomes a personal experience, as you journey along with it.
  • Exposing yourself to more information through reading can make you more creative. This is because you gain awareness on a variety of different topics, which you can then draw from in the future to help make decisions or even just be that bit more knowledgeable.

Communication

  • Reading helps communication. The way an author phrases words can help your own communication style, and reading will give you knowledge of lots of different topics, so you can converse and interact with more people.
  • Reading also enhances your vocabulary, as you understand new words in context which you can apply to your  own conversations or writing.

Understanding

  • Books can provide a deeper understanding and context, which is useful when having a genuine interest in learning something.
  • It also allows you to develop your skills as books help outside the classroom, giving broader insight into a topic and really discussing the finer points of something in detail, which can help your comprehension.

Knowledge

  • Books broaden the mind and allow a wider understanding of the world. This is due to the sheer volume and variety of books available. Different genres, cultures and languages all combine together to give you experiences of something entirely new.
  • A subject that perhaps you had never heard of before can be revealed and detailed to the point where you feel expertise in it.
  • Reading is a mechanism for understanding ideas and opinions across the world, as books channel contrasting and inspiring ideas.

Concentration and memory

  • Reading helps your concentration as it requires you to focus, often for long time periods. Concentration is also required then to gain the fundamental meaning of the words, a skill that can be applied widely in all areas of life.

Application forms

  • Many people mention an interest in reading on application forms. However, rather than just putting ‘reading’ it is better to specify what kind of books you like, for example contemporary fiction or historical biographies. This shows that you have an active interest in reading and the ability to think critically about why you like something rather than just writing 'reading' to fill up space on your application. Talking about your favourite genre in interviews can also help to put across your personality.
  • Reading can also help as far as UCAS personal statements are concerned, as reading around the subject and exploring it further sets you apart from other applicants, a factor universities look for. It is then a good idea to find relevant books to your course, to demonstrate that you are showing a passion within your learning.

Personal interests

  • That being said, reading can vary for each individual whether it is for personal pleasure, the ability to learn more or even just to display an array of interests, whether you want to be transported into the world of Twilight with vampires and werewolves or whether your cup of tea lies in reading the history of the British Empire.
  • The great thing about books is that there is something for everyone’s tastes, which in itself happens to be rather magical.

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