Literacy is a cornerstone of civilization. It has provided the structure for our everyday lives for millennia. Without literacy, we would not have the technology, laws, culture, or infrastructure that we take for granted each day. Reading, therefore, is the most important skill to instill in your child---and the sooner, the better. A daily reading habit during the formative years of kindergarten through twelfth grade will transform the trajectory of your student's life. At Andover Tutoring Scene, we mentor our students to become lifelong readers to improve not only their long-term academic success, but also to benefit them personally each day.
Reading as an Indicator of Future Success
Every subject in school requires reading---even math has word problems! The better you become at reading, the better you will become at mastering any subject.
In fact, this success in school will trickle into career performance in adulthood. For example, 86% of adults making at least $75,000 per year report reading one or more books in the last twelve months. Conversely, 70% of adults earning less than $30,000 per year reported reading less than one book annually. Reading not only offers material benefits, but also serves as a form of self-care.
Reading Offers a Plethora of Personal Benefits
Modern life is undoubtedly stressful, so it is important to consciously combat overstimulation.
Reading is one of the most cost-effective methods to relax, while also offering the benefit of expanding one's mind. Recent neurological studies have shown that reading daily helps regulate the parasympathetic nervous system, making it an excellent and inexpensive coping mechanism. It also reduces strain on your blood vessels and heart, thereby improving the circulatory system and increasing longevity.
Overcoming Reading Disabilities
Learning disabilities affect as many as 20% of all students in the United States, and the most common learning disability directly affects students' ability to read---dyslexia.
Recent neurological studies at Carnegie Mellon and Yale show that dyslexia is tied to the area of the brain responsible for sounding out written language. For people with dyslexia, this area of the brain shows less activity when reading than it does for non-dyslexic people. Researchers at Yale conducted MRI scans of the brains of dyslexic test subjects, and, after receiving reading instruction for only one year, that previously underactive area of the brain increased its neurological activity as much as 40%! Through regular, one-on-one reading instruction, students can mitigate the effects of their learning disability over time.
A dedication to improving reading comprehension and other related skills naturally boosts GPA scores, but a dedication to regularly reading provides benefits that will outlast a child's academic years. Success in reading lays the foundation for future career success, physiological and mental wellness, and even helps students in overcoming academic hurdles.
To improve your student's reading abilities, sign up for one-on-one lessons today!
If you have a high school student interested in furthering their love of reading, sign up for our High School Literature Course on Fridays.