Learning is a life-long adventure that starts from the cradle and end in death. One of the major ways of learning is by reading, as pundits note: we learn to read in order to read to learn. Many are aware of this fact but find it rather difficult to keep a consistent reading habit. Their reading attitude can be described as epileptic, and this has upended their dream of attainment of certain positions in life. Data upon data in recent time show that the reading drive particularly among youths is alarmingly on the downward swing, especially in Africa. Experts were right when they observe: if you want to hide anything from a black man, enclose it in a book. The following are ways to reverse this trend
1. Recognize the benefits of reading.
This include improved spoken and written English- better sentences, sound use of vocabularies, wider knowledge, greater insights and creativity.
2. Develop simple daily and weekly goals
Set a target for reading. E.g. one paragraph or chapter per day or a week, or one book per month
3. Always share the pivot of your reading with others
Whether it is an academic book, story or novel, learn to discuss the key points with others. This helps deepen your knowledge and increase retention as well as whet the appetite for further reading
4. Start by reading any easy-to-read material
You do not become great before starting something; you start first then become great down the line as you persist. You must also be conscious of the volume of the material. Small volumes are better stimulants.
5. Visit the library at least once in a week
If this is not handy, visit a local newspaper vendor to read at least the editorial, especially for Mondays
6. Read key articles on the internet
Read articles on relevant subjects by key authorities on daily basis.
7. Place books at key areas in your home or office. E.g. bedroom, dining table, or close to your table in the office. The sight alone arouses interest and kindles appetite.