ESSENTIAL SKILLS: How can we improve our reading and writing Competencies?

ESSENTIAL SKILLS: How can we improve our reading and writing Competencies?

Reading and writing are two critical skills for students at all levels of education primary, secondary or tertiary.  Any successful student, teacher or intellectual says that both reading and writing will help you improve your mind, grades and learning.

According to Wikipedia website Reading is a complex cognitive process of decoding symbols to derive meaning. It is one of the best ways that you can develop your mind. The more you read, the more you will understand. Reading is vital in our life because it improves our thoughts, gives us knowledge and lessons while keeping our minds active. The mind is a muscle and needs exercise.

Once you start reading books, novels or magazines make it your habit, you will eventually get addicted to it. Reading will help you to expand your vocabulary, helps you to get a new word that you have not seen before. Books, magazines, and online materials are great learning tools for improving your reading skills and comprehension. Any person who has excellent reading skills can educate himself/herself in any area that he/ she may be interested in.

There are many tips you can use to improve your reading skills, these include the following;

  • Always make a particular time to read 

It is very vital to have a specific time for reading in whatever you desire to understand so that you can learn effectively and comprehend well.

  • Read the right books.

Reading the right books will also enable you to improve your reading skills. Some papers are too scientific and use hard words to communicate, so such books may not help you improve your reading skills.

  • Ask your self-questions while reading after reading.

This is a great way to improve your reading skills because it allows you to keep your mind active while reading and understand the message comprehensively.

  • Read consistently and reread it.

Reading multiple texts or novels more frequently will also help you improve your reading skills.

  • Read for pressure. 

This will also enable you to improve your reading skills as you read for leisure.

The more you read, the more you understand.

Secondly, writing is another part of communication which is very crucial. Good writing allows you to communicate your message with clarity.

According to, writing is the process of using symbols (letters of the alphabet, punctuation and spaces) to communicate thoughts and ideas in a readable form.

Do you have something to say? If yes, write it.  Choose simple words when you are writing.  Write a short sentence, and then you will adapt to write long sentences.

There are very many advantages to writing because it helps us;

  1. To learn more
  2. To gain awareness of reality
  3. To make a better decision
  4. To share opinions with others
  5. To overcome tough moments faster
  6. You will have a lot of writing memories.

How can you improve your writing skills?

  • You need to have notebooks and pens.
  • Be Confident, If you have confidence, it will be easier to write something.
  • You should not Fear to share your ideas. Do not fear, just try to write.
  • Read books, Good writers read.
  • Write every day to become a good writer
  • Get an editor, edit your mistakes.
  • Commitment is also essential; you need to commit to writing.

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day, the good writers are the ones who see five or six of them, most people do not see any ” Orson Scott.

In a nutshell, writing and reading are essential skills to build our minds and enable us to acquire knowledge and help us to communicate our ideas with others.  So we need to adore reading and writing.  Good writers and readers can change this world.



@Abdirashid Mohamed Hussien is a student at Uganda Martyrs University in Uganda.

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