The staff at Tokyo Academics has been identifying a recurring phenomenon in our conversations with our students and parents, as well as our lessons. Students are not reading enough outside of school assignments.
Reading is one of the primary ways that individuals can consume information, and it is highly linked to development and academic, professional, and personal performance. Additionally, while we can help students with techniques to work their way through reading comprehension tests, this is all dependent on their baseline understanding of fiction, non-fiction, prose, and technical language, which all comes from reading. The research (Source: Reading Agency) shows that reading contributes greatly to:
Pleasure and enjoyment
Higher levels of achievement
How can you start?
At Tokyo Academics, we believe what you read is less important than the fact that you do read. Even better is if you read a lot, and that what you're reading is high quality. Think about what you want to know more about, then google "best books about __________" and you'll find great suggestions. You can also consult this IB Book List, which is filled with some of the best books in the English language (Source: Richland2). We've also made the following recommendations very recently.
If you're interested in sports:
If you're interested in dystopian stories (like the Hunger Games):
If you're more into reading the news or articles online, we highly, highly recommend TheBrowser.com which updates quite frequently and posts the best pieces of long-form writing on the internet. To fully access everything you need to subscribe, but even that is just a small monthly fee.
Everyone should feel free to ask any of the tutors for book suggestions. We are all readers, and we'll all tell you that it's one of our favorite things to do. Please read. You'll find that it improves the way you think about the world, it helps your SAT/ACT/ISEE/SSAT scores, it helps your grades in school, and it makes you a better informed, knowledgeable, and connected member of society.