“That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
- We read what everyone else is reading
- We force ourselves to get through books we’re not interested in (Hello, sunk cost fallacy!)
“When compared to learners expecting a test, learners expecting to teach recalled more material correctly, they organized their recall more effectively and they had better memory for especially important information.”
- Is this book practical or theoretical?
- What field of study does it address?
- How is the book divided (not just the table of contents, but other divisions)?
- What problems is the author trying to solve?
- Highlighting, re-reading, and typing: Studies show passive techniques like this are pretty much useless and can even make it harder to create connections in your memory.
- Spending more time note-taking and indexing than reading: Your notes are only good if you’re able to use them and re-engage with them. Skip the massive indexes and detailed notes and find a system that works for you.
“As he’s reading, Parrish marks out thoughts, questions, and ‘most importantly connections to other ideas’ in the margins. (Note, he strongly prefers physical books.) Once he reaches the end of a chapter, ‘without looking back’ he writes down the main points and arguments, specifically noting topics that can be applied somewhere else.”