- Thursday, May 23, 2019
The advent of modern technology brought with it several issues and challenges for the modern-day student. The increasing number of distractions in the form of mobile phones, laptops and PSPs has led to the death of one of the world’s oldest hobbies: Reading. Students today cringe when the teacher utters the word only to realise that sometimes there is no choice but to tackle the enemy and win. The IELTS, PTE and TOEFL require excellent linguistic skills and hence the need for good vocabulary cannot be brushed under the carpet. This initiates the laborious process of opening the book, trying to make sense of it and in the worst-case scenario, sleeping over an open book with your mouth open.
Reading does not have to be such an arduous task. An excellent step 1 is to make sure that you initially read topics that hold your interest. Have you always aspired to be an archaeologist, a detective or a mechanic, but were never given the chance? How about engaging yourself in a visual walkthrough that allows you to be all three? What if a book with vivid imagery and word- pictures enlivens your imagination? Make sure that you don’t get too carried away. Instead start searching for independent words that you have not understood in the course of the novel. Buy a new notebook and write Vocabulary at the top. Then follow the following format:
Once done, use the new word just added to the word bank in your oral communication within 24 hours. Notice how in a few days your friends and family watch you metamorphose from a shy, basic level speaker to a vibrant and engaging speaker. Make sure you use the word in the right context. (It’s okay to make a mistake as long as you have someone to correct you immediately!)
Once you have used the word a couple of times in your oral communication, try using the same word in the writing section too. Ask yourself if you have got it right! Use www.grammarly.com for better and clearer understanding of the concepts.
Read daily. Start your day with a newspaper or a novel. End your day on the same note. Try to maintain a To- Do list and keep reading as a priority. You may feel tempted to sleep on the first two days but don’t give up. Keep at it and make sure that you incentivise your own reading. Treat yourself up with a cup of coffee and have a chocolate when you finish a passage in the given time. Work on your communication skills daily. Make friends with those who are better than you in the language.
You will notice the finesse in your own language as you subconsciously filter out the unnecessary terms, words and jargon from your written and oral discourse. While reading, keep an eye out for phrases and clauses that could easily be used to showcase your fluency in both your subjective assessment modules.
Reading is a fun learning activity that has the potential to create a hero from zero. Read up on your mentor or inspiration’s life and you will see that the world’s most dynamic businessmen, political leaders and philanthropists are all avid readers. When you read, you ideate; when you ideate, you create; when you create, you accelerate your growth on an individual and collective level. So, when it comes to Reading, read extensively and unreservedly. Try, try and you will succeed!
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