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Blockbuster Benefits to Reading

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Distractions are at an all-time high with smartphone apps and play consoles competing for children’s attention. The humble book often doesn’t get a look in…

Whilst Tik Tok and Playstation gaming might offer kids instant fun and excitement, regular reading offers incredible long-term benefits that you might not realise. Let’s explore what they are…

Five Biggest Gains to Reading

Reading isn’t just for whiling away an hour here or there…

Although that in itself is a glorious thought that fills us with pure pleasure – especially when accompanied by a cuppa or hot chocolate.

Without a doubt, regular reading :

  • Boosts brain activity – especially those parts of the brain that processes language, improves memory and understands information. This stimulation means your child will be able to think quicker, draw on knowledge faster and speedily think on their feet. What’s not to love?
  • Expands vocabulary knowledge. Why does this matter? Communication is one of the most important abilities we all possess. The more vocabulary you have under your belt, the better you can express yourself – both verbally and in writing. Research proves that the more words you know, the more opportunities open up to you.
  • Stimulates critical thinking – a hugely sought-after skill in the workplace. When you read widely, you develop the ability to decode different ideas, cut through challenging data with reason and be better informed about life, people and culture. Believe me: firms are crying out for these skills!
  • Improves exam performance. It really does! When your brain comprehends reading material faster, you can fire on all cylinders. You’ll understand word dilemmas, navigate exams faster and get to grips with assessments better. We can’t shout this from the rooftops enough.
  • Encourages mental and emotional wellbeing. This is a big one as it means everything. Losing yourself in a book helps you relax, helps you develop empathy, stimulates creativity and even stems off depression. Yes, it’s true.

Bolster Your Child’s Exam Success

Of course, given that your child needs to master a plethora of reading strategies before sitting their 11+ entrance exams, GCSEs or A Levels, it’s essential to have a plan.

Being better at reading, doesn’t just improve students sitting English exams. Other subjects too from Maths to History, Science to Geography can be enhanced by essential reading skills.

When you need an extra pair of hands to help your child nit-pick through detail, boss word problems or kickstart their exam prep, call our illustrious team of Manchester’s finest tutors.

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