Tips for reading a book effectively
Effective reading is critical for students. But our wrong reading habits do not allow us to store information well. This article provides tips for effectively reading books with a high recall value.
Students at the best B schools must read more than a hundred books during their course. So how do you make sure you get the most out of your speed reading?
The answer is to ensure a high recall of everything you read.
What creates a good recall?
Do you remember being doodling in class? Very pleasant, and sometimes, part of your notes are in this doodle. How can I doodling some of the notes? Do you remember the game of remembering 10 objects in a tray? If you used the “a-b-c-d” concept of linked association, you can remember it. Most good mnemonics are humorous in nature.
If I took one concept at a time or one paragraph at a time and categorized this topic in real time and related it to other topics, I would have made a better impression in my head. Add some color, a couple of squiggles, some importance of reading and some emphasis, then I’m interested in what the lecturer will say (the book talks about it) so I can do more squiggles and some Picasso-ish (or maybe Pollock-ish ) can create.
When I repeat, I remember.
If my memory is updated, I will remember faster.
I don’t have to remember every line unless it’s a drama script. If I remove everything except keywords, an article / chapter can get quite small.
When I have a top-level map of where I am and where I need to be, I remember the streets quite well. So a map of a book shows me how things are connected and helps me, myself
If I can use visual, sound and other senses, I can remember better. My daughter creates a rap song for her history lessons, throws in some guitar chords and she remembers everything !!!
Is there a way to make notes that are easy to remember?
Can this be used to take lectures and notes from books?
I use something called mind maps.
Freemind and XMind are pretty good open source software that you can install and use to take notes. It can also be used for brainstorming, sketching a project, a project report and I even use it for presentations.
But before you jump into mind maps, there are a few things to consider. If you just create a mind map of a book, it’s like a short cut and pointless.
Some tips for reading a book
Approach the book outside. This is not ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (you know, “start at the beginning …”). Look at the cover, the back cover about the author, and read the table of contents. Close it and try to recall the table. This starts to create a map in your head over the book and the entire area. Read the ToC again. Think about what’s different about this book. Why was this book written (and not a multifaceted remark, please, about making money etc.)
Understand why you want to read the book. What do you want from it? Is it just the concepts? Or is it preparation for an exam? What kind of exam is this? So what you need to extract from the book.
Get an idea of ??how long it takes to read the book. If you don’t have enough time, what are your priorities? Do you have to read every line, every chapter? So what happens if you don’t read this book?
All of the above should take a maximum of 15 minutes.
Now start with the first chapter (or the chapter you need to study)
Guess the chapter. Read the section headings. Look at all the diagrams. Skim very quickly without stopping.
Now read the first line of each paragraph
This is the time when you will do your first call back. Create a preliminary mind map.
This should take another 15 minutes. This will be improved to 5 minutes later.
Now read the details of the chapter that are necessary and fill out your mind map.
If you need to remember things, create fun mnemonics.
The time required for this depends on the length of the chapter