While reading the Gleaner a week ago I found this article (click above title), and I thought I would share it because of the useful tips given to a student who expressed a disinterest in reading, due to lack of patience. The student asks for advice in hopes of better adopting to reading and being more patient.
The career writer, in response, makes an interesting initial point: He doesn’t believe there is a direct link between an aptitude for reading and being patient.
(While I disagree– because a certain level of patience is required to read an assigned book that’s 500 pages long( especially a boring book)– I understand this statement when he adds,“There are persons who love to read but can’t stand waiting for anything or anyone.” and “On the other hand, there are people who hate reading who are as patient as Job“)
After, the writer proceeds to make some important points:
1) “Interest and a passion to learn are the driving forces behind people who love to read.”
“Once you arouse your passion to learn, you’ll find reading fun, interesting and infinitely exciting.Choose a book on a subject you’re passionate about and start reading.”
2. “People have different ‘learning styles’ according to some psychologists.”
“While everyone employs all these learning modalities, each person has a dominant or preferred style.”
(So, some people who have no patience for reading, even though they may have an interest in the topic, could be impatient because of the learning style being used.)
3. “Where patience is concerned, there is no magic bullet – you just have to practise.”
“Focus on enjoying and engaging fully in the ‘process’ of what you’re doing, not just the end product. And train yourself to see things from other people’s point of view, by asking more questions and listening more.”
I know many people struggle with reading whether because of the drab topic or lack of patience. Hopefully, upon reading this insightful article, people will get an idea of how to approach reading on a mental, practical and a technical level.