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6th form reading presentation


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A short presentation to Sixth Form students giving them facts and figures about how wider reading will give them better grades

A short presentation to Sixth Form students giving them facts and figures about how wider reading will give them better grades

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  • 1. Why should I read fiction when I am not studying English AL? How lack of reading impedes your ability to achieve in EVERY subject
  • 2. Reading and Mathematics • The Department of Mathematics in the University of South Africa undertook a study where they compared first year undergraduates reading skills to their ability to problem solve and understand and decode mathematics. • This is what they found..
  • 3. Reading and Mathematics • ..the findings [of the research] suggest that whilst reading ability does not guarantee a pass in mathematics, poor reading ability constitutes a learning barrier that impedes access to the proper understanding of mathematical information.’ • From article: ‘Mathematics and reading ability: are numeracy and literacy siblings or distant cousins?’ by E.J. Pretorius 2001
  • 4. Reading and University achievement • Another study at the same university found that …’academic performance is determined to a large extent by reading ability’ The reason for this was, they concluded ‘…reading not only affords readers independent access to information, but more importantly is a powerful learning tool, a means of constructing meaning and acquiring new knowledge …. Students need to be good readers in order to ‘read to learn.’’
  • 5. Coping with life ‘Just as computer simulations can help us get to grips with complex problems such as flying a plane or forecasting the weather, so novels, stories and dramas can help us understand the complexities of social life.’ Dr Oatley, Emiritus Professor of Cognitive Knowledge at the University of Toronto
  • 6. Building Empathy He goes on to add … ‘reading produces a vivid simulation of reality ..novels go beyond simulating reality to give readers an experience unavailable off the page: the opportunity to enter fully into other people’s thoughts and feelings.’ Quoted in article ‘Your Brain on Fiction’ in the New York Times Sunday Review March 12th 2012
  • 7. Reading has also been shown to improve your career prospects. A study undertaken at the University of Oxford’s Sociology Department showed a significant improvement in career chances amongst those who read regularly against those who didn’t. Reading yourself into a better career
  • 8. Reading and your career • The report goes on to add: • ‘None of the other activities, such as taking part in sports or activities, socializing, going to museums or galleries or to the cinema or concerts, or practical activities like cooking or sewing, were found to have a significant effect on their careers… The positive associations of reading for pleasure aren’t replicated in any other extra-curricular activity, regardless of our expectations’ •
  • 9. Important for cognitive development The effect of reading for pleasure ‘..was found to be more important for cognitive development …than [your] parents level of education.’ Reading regularly gave an effect ‘…four times greater than the advantage children gained from having parents with a degree’ Report from Institute of Education quoted on their page
  • 10. In conclusion… • Read around your subject – ask for help in finding relevant books • Read for pleasure • Read widely – newspapers, informative magazines like New Scientist, and specialist blogs.