Why People Don’t Read
Undoubtedly, children do not have an inborn hatred for books. Kids, being introduced to the hardcovers, fall in love with reading. However, with age, youngsters find reading unappealing and consider it as a daunting task. According to a conducted survey, students indicated the reasons why they are not interested in reading and strategies to change aversion to admiration.
Reason #1. Reading causes a headache and makes eyes sore
According to recent research, people suffer while reading due to the light sensitivity. It implies that reading becomes complicated and even painful because information is printed on shiny paper. Additionally, fluorescent lighting, bringing about the glare on the page, make reading more uncomfortable. In case you have students with such a difficulty, be attentive to them. When reading becomes painful, students kick off rubbing their eyes, squinting, or blinking quickly.
Reason #2. They cannot read as fast as their classmates (and, consequently, fall behind)
Give students an opportunity to have an own pace of reading. When students obtain a possibility to read the way they do, they will find numerous reasons to read a book. Furthermore, if they keep own pace (even if it is slow), they can understand the material they read pretty well.
Reason #3. They are afraid of reading out loud and being embarrassed
Some students are full of fear of reading in front of the class because others will laugh. In such a case, make reading aloud a display of voluntary work. Apart from a possibility to assess their progress, there will be other benefits of reading for students, including confidence, punctuality, and strong moral principles in the classroom. However, once you have asked someone to read, you have to control a situation and ensure that no one laughs at the reader.
Reason #4.They expect to have tests on what they read
You have to show respect for the material students prefer to read. It is better to convince them that reading provides an opportunity to obtain new information and experience. Therefore, instead of giving tests with multiple choices, offer students to answer questions in an essay form. Such a format improves reading skills and develops confidence.
Reason #5. They think they have read each section till the end
Not each book appears to have a compelling plot. Therefore, if the majority of the students find a hardcover boring, it is better to select another one. In such a case, students feel that they have a choice and do not fall behind.