Get Your Student Interested in Reading

Reading and comprehension is an imperative skill for all students to have. A large part of the education process revolves around the written word in textbooks and novels. Here are some tips to help get your children interested in reading at a younger age, so they are better able to process more complex written information as they enter higher levels of learning.

Have Your Student Tested
There are a multitude of reasons to why your student may not find reading all that interesting. A common problem can be due to a physical limitation. If it seems your child is having a hard time recognizing words or staying focused, have him or her tested. An eye exam and a test for dyslexia can help identify if your child is having issues with processing written information or if the lack of interest is caused by something else.

Read To/With Your Student
If your student is just entering school, make sure you are taking time to read to him or her. Having the parent actively engage in the reading process can foster a positive attitude towards reading. If you have students who are older and feel more mature than having their parents read to them, consider having them read aloud to you. Having an audience to read to will help keep them more engaged with the work.

Find Audio/Visual Tie-Ins
For older students who are having trouble getting into full length novels for class, finding an audio or visual representation of the book can help them stay focused on the material. I once had a high school student who was an avid reader, but was having trouble staying focused on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Even though the student had no issues with reading comprehension, he couldn’t “get into” the book due to the language from that time period. His mom suggested he watch the six hour BBC adaptation of the book, and after seeing and hearing the book brought to life, he was able to focus more on the written work and delve deeper into the literature.

Another student who was having issues focusing on the Harry Potter novels had her mom purchase the audio book version. She listened to the audiobook while reading along. She was better able to make associations with the book thanks to the audio guide, and now she can read entire novels on her own.

Take Your Student to a Bookstore or Library
Your child may not be interested in reading simply because he or she hasn’t found anything they are interested in reading. Try taking your child to a library or a bookstore and have them spend an hour or two going through the aisles and reading the book descriptions. Encourage your student to pick books from a variety of genres. The right type of story is sometimes enough to spark a student’s interest in reading. Once he or she finds a book (or series) of interest, it is usually easier for him or her to branch out to other types of books and novels.

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One Response to “ Get Your Student Interested in Reading ”

  1. Rohini says:

    Sometimes I ask students to read short paragraphs and not the complete article or piece. More so in the case of beginners since they find it difficult and it puts stress on them.