The difference between reading and studying a book is not always obvious. We can learn a lot of good information while reading a book only to forget it a few days later. Studying allows us to both read and apply what we learn. I recently listened to a lesson from a writing program I’m in that gave strategies for getting more out of a book. These are my key takeaways from “4 Ways to Read Better” in the Young Writer’s Workshop:
- Take copious notes and boil them down into a plan.
- Pull everything helpful and important from the book into a separate document.
- Organize the list into a step-by-step plan to implement in your writing or whatever you’re learning about.
- Look for ways to immediately implement the most practical and compelling suggestions.
- Use books to launch discussions with others.
- This forces you to understand the book better and refine your personal applications from the book.
- Create a study plan for grasping the book.
- Read the book multiple times.
- Take notes on the book like you would for a textbook.
- Read the book slowly chapter by chapter and write down implementation steps as you go.
- Create an outline for the book.
You can mix and match these techniques depending on the book and what you’re trying to learn. This method transforms a more passive experience (taking in words) into a more active experience (creating a plan to start now).
What do you want to learn?
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See you tomorrow,