Read every day [book excerpt]

Good students are readers.

Why? First, they have a large store of background knowledge. Second, they have large vocabularies. Third, they can read quickly with excellent comprehension.

Reading is a habit that can be acquired, like any other habit. The lucky people acquire the habit of reading when they are little children. They’re the ones who must be forced to put down their books to come to the dinner table; who stay up past their bedtime, reading by flashlight under their blankets; who sit in the backseat of the car with their nose in a book; and who long for summer, when they will have time to do nothing else but read.

If you are one of these people, skip the rest of this section and go on to other good habits that you may not have acquired.

If you’re not yet a habitual reader, begin now. Continue reading Read every day [book excerpt]

Now on Amazon!

You can now order your copy of Good Habits, Good Students from Amazon in the U.S. and Great Britain.

Update: I’ve added Amazon.ca (Canada), Blackwell’s (U.K.), and Powell’s Books (U.S.) to the list.

For details, check the Where to Buy page.

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