Fast reading is widely known and encouraged beneficial reading method. However, there are instances where speed reading robs people of the enjoyment and comfort of reading leisurely. This time, we’ll be considering the benefits of slow reading to international students.

Slow reading is the intentional reduction in the speed of reading, carried out to increase comprehension or pleasure. The concept appears to have originated in the study of philosophy and literature as a technique to more fully comprehend and appreciate a complex text.

Slow reading is advised for international students studying academic books early in the semester. The following reasons are put forward as to why you should take your time to digest important written materials.

  • Reduces stress
  • Actively engages your mind and imagination
  • Makes you discover deeper meanings to things
  • Enables you to gain more knowledge
  • It’s entertaining

Let’s take a closer look at the reasons why slow reading should also be encouraged and emulated.

1. Reduces stress

Slow reading relaxes your mind. It comes with comfort; adds no pressure, hasty feelings or the need to finish a book quickly. After the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you want to be able to just relax and digest what you’re feeding on.

2. Actively engages your mind and imagination

When reading slowly, the reader’s mind is fully engaged and more ideas spring up while meditating on what is being read. It helps the reader to connect with previous information and can even lead to the birthing of new ideas. It also helps the reader to connect with the mind of the author.

3. Makes you discover the deeper meaning of things

One of the benefits of slow reading is that it deeply engages your mind. It helps you discover subtle and minute details and suggestions in texts which would most likely go unnoticed otherwise.

4. Enables you to gain more knowledge

Most popular content in blogs and social media are short because people generally prefer to read short details in a flash. This could be because some find it difficult to read and fully comprehend expanded information. So, to gain more knowledge and be able to read between the lines, slow reading of fully detailed information is advised.

5. It’s Entertaining

This is often experienced with fiction books especially novels. Slow reading is a great way to enjoy and be drawn into books. You’d be able to visualize the characters, events, conflict, etc. the same way you would when watching a movie. Only this time, it’ll feel like the movie is being played in your head.

Isn’t it heartwarming to know that there are numerous benefits of slow reading as well? So go ahead, take your time, enjoy your study experience.

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