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Revert to read-to-learn skills to promote self-study
The various recent experiments and studies have revealed that there was a need to promote of study skills that transition students from reading to learning. My feeling is that with an excessive use of tabs, smart boards, laptops, videos, power-point presentation, workbooks, worksheets and work-cards reading levels of students have suffered badly.

The studies have almost conclusively proved that listening, speaking, and watching hardly result into learning since they do not provide any scope for slow effortful cognitive functions since they are such fast moving actions that beat the mind.

Reading with purpose and intent to summarize and paraphrase as parts of classroom processes once children have acquired reading skills, a switch over needs to be taken up read-to-learn skills. It can be initiated with exemplar and demystification of the process followed by handing over the process to learners.

The experiment of compensatory education at grade ten rural girls in Rajasthan by Centre for Unfolding Learning Potentials (CULP) and special education trainees by Disha in Jaipur reveal that it the reading habit for purposeful learning can be developed by systematically introducing summarizing skill, vocabulary building word-puzzles and paraphrasing skill using identified keywords after reading.

At the school level, both lectures and electronic devices distract and retard learning since they make students cognitively passive. So much so, the presence of electronic devices and inert lectures are being termed as the 'negative externalities' in the process of learning with analysis and codification of constructed knowledge and its revisit through reading.

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