How To Get The Most Out Of A Book
There are some moments where you simply want to lay in bed and read something funny or interesting, and you may turn to the magazines in your living room to amuse yourself. Today, let's discuss how to get the most out of every page.
Here are some steps you can take to make sure that you are doing more than just reading a book: you are paying attention and truly understanding what you’re reading.
Your Reading Purpose
One of the most important things to getting the most out of a book is to understand why you are reading it. A screenwriter reading a book to make sure that his script is historically accurate, for example, has a much different purpose than a teenager who wants to read a book and be entertained and excited.
You may be reading a non-fiction book to inform yourself about history, or a self-help book so that you can improve a specific area in your life. If you are serious about getting the most out of a book, you must first establish this purpose.
Take Chapter Notes
There’s a good chance that you aren’t going to be finishing a book in one sitting. Every time that you finish a chapter in your book, make sure to write down some key highlights of that chapter, whether it’s in a notebook or on your laptop.
Don’t let yourself read the next chapter until you can summarize that chapter properly, and it will certainly help you summarize the “big ideas” of the book. If you want to get the most out of a book, taking notes is a must!
Some people believe that “speed reading” is effective, but the truth is that taking your time can help you absorb the content better. You can increase your pace on your OWN time, but first, ensure that you truly understand what you are reading.
Otherwise, you will have to go back and read the book over. If you want to save time, read the book at your own pace (at least the first time).
Apply What You Read
This is the most difficult step for many readers. After you finish a book, you should try to look over your notes and see how you might be able to understand the concepts further. If you are still confused, try having a conversation about the book with a friend and see whether you can explain it to them.
Ultimately, you should summarize the most important aspects of the book and figure out how you can use this knowledge for your own life, project, or passion. If you follow these tips, you will certainly be able to get the most out of a book, no matter what it’s about.