How to read effectively
I am blessed with the ability to read fast. I’ve read a lot of books, and I can get through most books quickly. But like most gifts, there’s a downside. It’s a blessing if I’m reading for pleasure, but a curse if I’m reading something serious for content. Because I retain very little.
The strategy for that, if I want to retain information, is to stop at the bottom of every page and ask myself ,”What did I just read?” and then again at the end of each chapter, “What were the main points?”
I know that, but that strategy requires discipline and patience. Have I mentioned that I have ADD ADHD? I am so eager to turn the page and discover what’s next.
I just bought a used book that looked interesting and so far, it’s very good. It’s Reaching for the Invisible God, by Philip Yancey. It looked new, so shortly after I started, I was surprised to find that someone had marked in it. A little further on, I discovered that the someone was me. I’ve read it before, but I don’t recognize anything in it, except my handwriting, so called, in the margin notes.
So is that a blessing? Because I’m enjoying it as though I had never seen it before. But this time, I’m reviewing a little as I go, though certainly not as much as with the strategy I’m recommending.
Maybe it’ll stick this time, in spite of ADD ADHD?
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