Importance of Critical Reading
The problem with the conventional methods of education is that students are expected to regurgitate facts while preparing for exams. Usually, static or fixed assessments become the norm of judging a student’s intellect. This academic practice allows them to only cram content within a short span of time, rather than internalising the subject matter. Consequently, it deteriorates their thinking skills. It is, therefore, important for them to engage with an academic text at a deeper level.
Doing an in-depth study of an academic text leads to the development of analytical skills, required for both academic and professional growth. The grasping and creative processing of concepts positively affect the students’ thoughts and language structures. It enables them to relate to different ideas, think in novel ways, and even get insights into personal experiences, theories, facts and concepts that call for higher-order thinking skills. Since critical reading prompts a reader to understand the underlying meanings inherent in a piece of content, it provides a holistic learning experience to a reader, as well as enables them to experiment with diverse academic styles.