Entry on March 13, 2007
How to read a non-fiction book
One is often bombarded by growing information everyday, tired of reading and maybe the better question to ask “How NOT to read?” In other words, keep oneself informed and minimize reading.
I started with a question about how to read a non-fiction book and search for answers from search engine.
In How to read a non fiction books the author shares some good tips. For example:
– Define how much time to spending reading the book. Three one-hour-reading is better than one three-hour-reading. Timing one’s reading.
– Focus on the parts with highest information content
– Process: Overview (1/10 total time), Understanding (6/10 total time), Review (3/10 total time)
My tip is to think of questions before and during reading:
Questions (random order):
+ Why reading this book?
+ What to look for/expect in the book?
+ Why this part of the book exists? What is its role in the whole books?
+ What is the potential use of this part of the book?
+ What is the expectation for this part?
+ What should NOT be read carefully? What can be skipped in the book?
+ What is the logic of the parts of the book?
+ Concentrate of one aspect of the reading at a one-time-reading. For example: information, the approach method, cleverness.
+ Note ideas.
+ Think about applications of the book.
+ Discuss with others about the book.
+ Write a post to share with others.
+ Search for summary/note/review/debate/discussion..
Follow up: sharing values and change
In my previous post, I shared my frustration sometimes in “changing” people, despite the fact that my old psych friend Hank talked about time and “just be”. That the way of the youth and it’s right. I think so.
Today I read an interesting message from brother Hoanh in VBIZ mailing list about “Staying to be a leader” in which he inspires people be firm on their principles, stay on one’s course and succeed. He also shares a pearl about the human heart that I quote here: