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Reading Comprehension: How to Retain More of Every Book You Read

James Clear
James Clear
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A good book can give you a new way to interpret your past experiences, but only if you can internalize the insights from the books you read. 7 methods on how can this be done more effectively:

Quit More Books

Skim the table of contents, chapter titles, and subheadings. Within ten minutes, you will have a reasonable idea of how good it is. If it is not for you, quit it.

Choose Books You Can Use Instantly

Choose a book you can immediately apply so you can stay motivated while reading it.

Create Searchable Notes

Create notes for your book, and make sure they are searchable (i.e. Evernote).

Combine Knowledge Trees

The trunk of the trees will contain fundamental concepts, and the branches form the details. Do this for each book and "link branches" to integrate your current book with other knowledge trees.

Write a Short Summary

The Feynman Technique: write down how you would explain the book to someone who had never heard of it.

Surround the Topic

If your life revolves around the ideas of one book, they are likely unsound. Read a variety of books on the same topic.

Read it Twice

Doing this will help you catch ideas that you missed the first time around.

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