I’ll let you in on a little secret. Most books are full of fluff and to bump up the word count, they constantly repeat themselves, repeat themselves (see what I did there?).
Whilst what I’m about to teach you is by no means the best, or rather, the most thorough way of reading books, it will allow you to absorb nuggets of information at a higher (and faster) rate.
Remember, the reason for reading (most of the time) is to either learn a new skill or absorb new information (unless you’re reading Harry Potter, lol).
So with that in mind, here are a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years to help you read more books, or rather as the cool kids call it these days, “speed read”.
It’s all about the
Benjamins nuggets, baby!
As I touched on above, it’s all about extracting nuggets of information whilst reading the book as fast as possible. The first thing I do is grab my notepad and leave it next to me whilst I read. This way, you can write down the important parts of the book for later reference. Notepad aside, here are the tips:
1.Read the first chapter and last chapter
This will give you a good understanding of what’s being discussed.
2. Read the first and last paragraph of each chapter
Doing this will allow you to sum-up what each chapter is about.
3. Go through the chapter, paragraph by paragraph reading each first sentence
Reading the first sentence, you’ll be able to decide whether or not this section is relevant to your needs. Skim through and look for the key points or conclusions. Remember, most books are filled with fluff so you need to skim and look for the important points or lessons. Whilst skimming though, if you read the surrounding sentences and paragraphs, this should give you a better understanding of what’s being talked about.
Pro Tip: Look for BOLD words.
The fastest way of learning things quickly is to skim through and identify what’s relevant to you. There’s no point of reading an entire chapter of content which you already know. Since you’ve got your notepad next to you, as soon as you find nuggets of information, write them down. This way, you don’t need to worry about absorbing or rather, not absorbing the information, since you; ll have it written down and you can reference it anytime you want in the future.
And that’s how you read more books and ultimately gain more knowledge!