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If you happen to read books just for entertainment, you probably won't need this. But if you read to acquire some valuable knowledge, the things mentioned next will be pretty important for your enhanced reading experience.
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It happens all the time. You read an amazing book, one so packed with wisdom that you think it’s going to change your life forever. Then…it doesn’t. Why? Because when you’re finally in a situation where you could use its insights, you’ve completely forgotten them. Time is...
Reading alone is not enough. We have to contextualize the knowledge. If you can take something you’ve read and apply it immediately, it will reinforce the learning and add context and meaning.
Active reading is thoughtfully engaging with a book at all steps in the reading process. From deciding to read right through to reflection afterwards, you have a plan for how you are going to learn what’s in the book.
Books do not exist in a vacuum. Every concept or fact can be linked to countless others. Making an effort to form our own links is a fruitful way to better remember what we read.
The best technique for notetaking is whichever one works for you and is easy to stick to. While there are hundreds of systems on the internet, you need to take one of them and adapt it until you have your own system. Adapt your notetaking system to suit your goals.
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