Dig into the topic ...

Dig into the topic ...

On any topic don't just read one book or one article , try to dig into that topic from different author's perspective or from different angles , which widens up your knowledge on that topic and transcend the boundary of your own experience.

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Choose the book that you can use instantly ...

One way to improve reading comprehension is to choose books you can immediately apply. Putting the ideas you read into action is one of the best ways to secure them in your mind.

Always try to find those books that are relevant to your daily life , so that you can relate to it and it helps in remembering things better .

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Make a knowledge tree ...

One way to imagine a book is like a knowledge tree with a few fundamental concepts forming the trunk and the details forming the branches. You can learn more and improve reading comprehension by “linking branches” and integrating your current book with other knowledge trees.

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Create notes ...

Keep notes on what you read. You can do this however you like.

So that you can emphasize on the important points and passages .

But here's the real key: store your notes in a searchable format so that you can search the meaning or the interpretation of them .

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Quit more books ...

It is not necessary to read every book page by page , in 10 minutes you can figure out that whether the book is right for you or not . Start more books. Quit most of them. Read the great ones twice.

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Read it twice ...

Revisiting great books is helpful because the problems you deal with change over time. Sure, when you read a book twice maybe you'll catch some stuff you missed the first time around, but it's more likely that new passages and ideas will be relevant to you.

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Some questions I consider when summarizing a book include:

  • What are the main ideas?
  • If I implemented one idea from this book right now, which one would it be?
  • How would I describe the book to a friend?

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“Beware the man of a single book.”

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Reading Books Is Like Changing Your Past
  • Gaining knowledge isn’t the only reason we have to read books.
  • A good book read with curiosity and an open mind can change our life.
  • Reading books is like updating the software inside your brain, and a good book gives us new ways to interpret our past and present life.
  • It is also a good idea to quit reading books that serve no purpose, as the opportunity cost is high.
  • Life is short and should be spent reading the best books possible.
  • Read the good ones more than once.

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Note-taking: a powerful tool for learning
  • Notes extend your memories: writing can be seen as an external enhancement of your brain, allowing you to think more complicated thoughts and solve harder problems.
  • Notes enhance your focus: The act of taking notes ensures your mind isn’t wandering and facilitates deeper understanding of what you're reading.

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Active vs Passive Readers

Passive readers forget things almost as quickly as they read them. Active readers, on the other hand, retain the bulk of what they read.

The more that active readers read, the better they get. They develop a latticework of mental models to hang ideas on, further increasing retention. Active readers learn to differentiate good arguments and structures from bad ones. 

Passive readers who read a lot are not much further ahead than passive readers who read a little.

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