Reading for students: how and why

In this article, we will touch on a topic that applies not only to student life, but this does not make it less useful. Many students benefit from reading a lot. It helps them to be more confident in particular subjects, as well as improves the general level of knowledge. Reading any kind of literature significantly contributes to good academic writing skills. While being a student I read a lot, and also contacted qualified writers who helped me to edit my essay, and make it perfect. 

Until quite recently, by historical standards, it was believed that if a person can read, then he is, if not a scholar, then at least an educated person. Unfortunately, this state of affairs is still preserved in many Third World countries, but I hope that the dear reader does not have the pleasure of living in such places.

In the modern world, the ability to read is a basic skill in itself and does not cause admiration. The main thing in the modern world is the knowledge that is learned from books. But now we will not touch on the topic of knowledge, but we will talk about the book as a carrier of information.

If we forget about rock paintings, cuneiform, writing on parchments and animal skins, then it was the book that remained the main source of knowledge for humanity for a long time. However, progress is inexorably marching across the planet and now there are many substitutes for the book in its classic form.

Let’s try to list these alternatives, as well as their strengths and weaknesses.

Almost everyone has a computer now, and there is nothing easier than downloading a book to a computer and reading it from a monitor. 

Pros: the enormous capacity of the hard disk (the average file size of the book is no more than 1.5-2 MB), you can conveniently adjust the image and view of the book, a large monitor screen.
Cons: vision deteriorates, lack of mobility (if we are talking about a stationary computer).

The screen of a mobile phone (smartphone). 

Pros: mobility , roominess (modern smartphones are characterized by a large amount of memory).
Cons: small screen, may be hard to see schemes and very detailed pictures.


Tablets. Quite a good option. 

Pros: mobility, roominess, the presence of a touch screen (this makes the interface very convenient), a balanced screen size.
Cons: a fairly high power consumption (especially when wi-fi, 3-4g modules are turned on), again negatively affects vision.


E-ink readers (e-books). To date, they are the most advanced of modern substitutes for the good old paper book. At its core, the reader is a tablet, but “sharpened” specifically for reading books, while it has a unique touch screen matrix that can transmit all shades and gradations of gray. The radiation from the book is only slightly higher than the intensity of the reflected light from a sheet of paper, which undoubtedly does not have a negative effect on vision. The battery life reaches up to a month. 

Pros: mobility, roominess, normal screen size, does not worsen vision, the latest readers have a touch screen, a large battery life.
Cons: the screen reproduces only grayscale, the response time is quite long, although this problem is gradually being solved.



As we can see, there is a lot to choose from. However, you should not write off paper books. They are still convenient, durable, affordable and practical. A paper book does not need a battery charge and software, and no one has canceled libraries with thousands of volumes on the shelves yet.

Also, all of the above devices are convenient to use for the purpose of passing exams, using them as cheat sheets. Reading significantly improves writing skills, although most students prefer getting help from proofreading services.


Reading allows you to develop and become better. But do not forget that reading can be harmful for your vision if you do not follow the rules of safe reading. There are certain rules that you need to follow in order not to spoil your eyesight. Let’s talk about books on paper and how to read them correctly so as not to harm your eyesight. The same rules apply to reading e-books. However, the quality requirement is also added, so that the screen is easy to read, so that the eyes do not get tired and do not strain. There is an opinion that any type of media has its own reading rules, so you need to get acquainted with them in more detail.

In addition to affecting vision, books can also affect the human psyche, etc., so there are other dangers that you also need to take into account in order to know what to beware of.



General rules for safe reading:

Some tips from the books can have a bad influence on your life. Choose carefully the literature and do not follow everything that is written. It may not be true, at least not your truth, to be more precise.

  • Books can cause addiction, and you will only be engaged in reading, forgetting about real life, which is bad to affect reality. You can’t live on books alone.
  • Books can greatly impress and cause certain psychological traumas. Once again, pay attention to what you are going to read.
  • Books can ruin your life, especially if they are books written for earning money with the topics like “how to become successful” , etc. People make wrong movements in relation to dreams and achieve collapse.



Rules for the safe reading process:

– You need to read only in a good and suitable light. Too bright or dim light spoils your vision. It is desirable that the light falls from the left side.

– You need to read sitting down and the book should be tilted.

– It is advisable not to read before going to bed, as an additional load on the eyes before going to bed can harm.

– You can not read in the transport that moves.

– The distance between the eyes and the book should be 30-35 cm, no more and no less.

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