Reading ๐Ÿ“š


Before starting to read a book (particularly non-fiction), skim through the index, contents page, preface, and inside the jacket to get an idea of the subject matter.

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Reading ๐Ÿ“š

  • Create an outline of the text from memory
  • Discuss the material with a friend or classmate.
  • Write down everything you remember from the reading in 5 minutes.
  • Identify the important concepts from the reading and provide examples and non-examples of each concept.
  • Create a concept map from memory to illustrate your learning from the assigned reading.

Reading Comprehension Tips - Learning Center


  • The key to reading lots of book begins with no longer thinking of it as some extra activity that you do.ย 
  • Donโ€™t borrow books, build your library instead and take pride in that.
  • Donโ€™t just passively read. Make reading an active process. Make notes and comments to yourself as you read (this is calledย marginalia).ย If you see an anecdote or quote you like, transfer it to a commonplace book and use a system to organize and store all of it.

This Simple Note-Taking Method Will Help You Read More (and remember what youโ€™ve read)


Full ownership of a book only comes when you have made it a part of yourself, and the best way to make yourself a part of itโ€” which comes to the same thingโ€” is by writing in it.

Marking a book is literally an expression of your differences or your agreements with the author. It is the highest respect you can pay him.

The book is yours and the only real objective is transferring the knowledge from the author to you.

Reading a Book is a Conversation Between You and the Author


Syntopical Reading involves reading many books on the same subject and comparing and contrasting ideas, vocabulary, and arguments.

This task is undertaken by identifying relevant passages, translating the terminology, framing and ordering the questions that need answering, defining the issues, and having a conversation with the responses.

The goal is not to achieve an overall understanding of any particular book, but rather to understand the subject and develop a deep fluency.

How to Read a Book: The Ultimate Guide by Mortimer Adler


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