How to read more effectively
- Set up yourself up to succeed. If you assume a reading speed of 350 words per minute, it would require just 20 minutes of reading per day to read roughly a book each week.
- Triage and curation are important.
- Find the right reading strategy.
- Remembering what you read.
- Understand the psychology behind reading.
How do you read textbooks and retain information?
If you’re faced with reading a challenging textbook, we recommend the following:
- Read aloud. Reading aloud improves reading comprehension and retention of information.
- Change positions.
- Read the text again.
- Search for key words.
- Jump around in the text.
- Mark it.
- Take a break.
- Turn to the web.
How do you fully understand what you read?
I summarize below what I think it takes to read with good speed and comprehension.
- Read with a purpose.
- Skim first.
- Get the reading mechanics right.
- Be judicious in highlighting and note taking.
- Think in pictures.
- Rehearse as you go along.
- Stay within your attention span and work to increase that span.
How do you retain more when reading?
7 Ways to Retain More of Every Book You Read
- Quit More Books. It doesn’t take long to figure out if something is worth reading.
- Choose Books You Can Use Instantly.
- Create Searchable Notes.
- Combine Knowledge Trees.
- Write a Short Summary.
- Surround the Topic.
- Read It Twice.