The Benefits of Reading on the Go
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The Benefits of Reading on the Go

Whether you grab a paperback for your commute or listen to an audiobook on an afternoon stroll, one thing is guaranteed books are bundles of joy that can be enjoyed just about everywhere. 

Reading doesn’t have to be limited to your home. A paperback book is perfect for a quick few pages on the train, bus or to relax at the beach. Audiobooks allow even more freedom – you can listen to them whilst exercising, taking the dog for a walk, or even cooking your dinner.

It’s all about personal preferences. Believe it or not, it doesn’t matter which format you are reading: eBook, paperback, or audiobook. Every book you read will increase your vocabulary and comprehension.

Choosing the right format for you

  • These are particularly useful for auditory learners (people who learn best through listening).
  • Listening and reading at the same time can help those who struggle with reading alone. You can follow the words on the page as you listen to the audiobook version.
  • They are useful to review and consolidate after reading a paperback/eBook version – they can help to bring characters to life.
  • They are portable, which gives you the option of spontaneous reading if you’re out and about, commuting to work, or spending time in the library between classes.
  • They can be useful for readers who enjoy having a few books on the go at once.
  • It is easy to stop mid-chapter and resume reading later – which is great for busy and active lifestyles. 
  • Many people enjoy reading as a break from screen time.
  • Carrying one paperback with you will help you commit to the book you are reading.
  • They are easily shared and swapped with friends and family.

Making notes on the go

One of the challenges of reading on the go is finding a way to keep notes and consolidate your learning. Here are a few different suggestions:

  1. Think about using a voice recorder on a phone or tablet. This can act as an effective resource to record key words and phrases, quotes and important points in the book.
  2. Many smartphones offer a range of apps to create word clouds. You can collect words related to various ideas and themes from a book and see them visually. Alternatively, use a notes app on your smartphone to jot things down as you go.
  3. Alternatively, you may wish to carry a small notebook and pen and rely on the traditional method of handwritten notes.

Remember, study skills are all about personal preferences. Tactile learners may prefer writing notes, whilst others learn through listening so voice notes work best. Try using a range of study skills to enhance your understanding and overall comprehension of a book. That way you can see what works best for you.

Wondering which book to start with? Here are some suggestions for reading on the go…

Anne of Green Gables: Get outside and enjoy some sunshine. Find a leafy spot and enjoy the tranquil setting of the story.

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic: Bring the eBook along with you on a shopping trip. Take a coffee break in a café and escape into the story.

The Extraordinary Life of Serena Williams: Why not pop your headphones in and bring the audiobook along for a workout session?



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