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The importance of reading magazines as a student

Vijay GarG *



In the age of smartphones, social media, and instant access to information, reading magazines might seem like a relic of the past. However, the practice of flipping through the pages of a well-crafted magazine can offer a range of benefits for students that go beyond the screen.

We'll explore the advantages of reading magazines as a student, highlighting how this seemingly old-fashioned habit can positively impact your academic and personal life.

Diverse Knowledge and Interests

Reading magazines exposes you to a diverse range of topics and interests.


Whether you're interested in politics, fashion, science, or travel, there's a magazine for you. This diversity can broaden your horizons, helping you discover new passions and interests you might not have encountered otherwise.

Improved Vocabulary and Reading Skills

Magazines often contain well-crafted articles and in-depth reporting. Reading them regularly can enhance your vocabulary and improve your reading comprehension skills. This improved literacy can be invaluable in your academic pursuits.

Current Affairs and Awareness

Magazines are a great source of current affairs and news updates. Staying informed about the world is not only important for your general knowledge but can also be beneficial for academic discussions and writing assignments.

Critical Thinking and Analysis

Many magazines feature thought-provoking articles, editorials, and opinion pieces. Engaging with these materials can sharpen your critical thinking skills as you evaluate different perspectives and arguments presented in the articles.

Relaxation and Stress Relief

College life can be stressful, and reading magazines can serve as a pleasant escape. It provides a break from textbooks and assignments, allowing you to unwind and recharge your mental batteries.

Inspiration and Creativity

Magazines often showcase creative content, whether it's in the form of art, photography, or innovative ideas. Exposure to these creative elements can inspire your own creativity and help you think outside the box in your academic projects.

Networking and Career Opportunities

Magazines related to your field of study can be a valuable source of information about industry trends and job opportunities. They might also feature profiles of successful professionals you can learn from.

Enhanced Time Management

Reading magazines teaches you to allocate your time effectively. It's a manageable way to integrate reading into your daily routine, which can improve your overall time management skills.

Cultural and Societal Insights

Magazines often delve into the cultural and societal aspects of various topics. This can help you gain a deeper understanding of different cultures and societies, which is especially important in our interconnected world.

Offline Digital Detox

Reading print magazines offers a break from the constant digital screen exposure that's become a norm in today's society. It's a chance to unplug, reduce eye strain, and enjoy a tactile reading experience. In the fast-paced world of academia, the benefits of reading magazines as a student are undeniable.

From expanding your knowledge base to improving your reading skills and offering relaxation, magazines can play a valuable role in your personal and academic development. So, consider incorporating this timeless habit into your daily routine and reap the rewards it can offer. Whether you're in it for education, inspiration, or simply the joy of reading, magazines have something to offer every student.


* Vijay GarG wrote this article for The Sangai Express
The writer is a Retired Principal Educational columnist malout
This article was webcasted on 24 April 2024

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