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Old 01-03-2013, 12:13 PM   #31
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:04 AM   #32
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:24 PM   #33
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You don't read a textbook like you would a novel. Take notes, develop your own examples to illustrate core principles and terminology. Reflect on the material, then reread. If you finish that book, read it again or pick up a different book and compare/contrast the approaches. Be active in reading, if you're not thinking about the ideas the entire time, you're not learning effectively.
I second this. You might read novels lazily, but with textbooks you should keep thinking, be alert. No matter how long, you should give it 100% of your concentration. Do comparisons and re-organize the ideas to your likings - those help memorizing.

And always, I mean, alllllwaaaays, reread. At least once.

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I have to finish the book by Friday morning so I'll work hard tomorrow. I have 60 pages left to read, so I should be done in 4-5 hours tops, probably less.
And have you finished? Did you find our advices useful?
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:22 PM   #34
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No, I haven't finished the book yet. Yes, some of the advice has helped me, but I'll have to start over because I didn't take notes like I should have. I guess it's a bit of a trial-and-error thing. I've had lots of work recently and I didn't feel like finishing this book because it wasn't that high on my priority list anymore. Now, it's pretty much at the top of the list again.

I did read 7 books about poker while procrastinating, but at a speed of 400 to 500 words per minute. I just got a Kindle so I thought I'd treat myself. Now that I've done that, I'll have to re-read this book (and maybe finish it first).
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:29 PM   #35
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I had to read some absolutely turgid, had to force myself word by word stuff in the process of becoming an accountant. For the really bad stuff I used a pencil to keep my eyes on the words (much like some folks read with their finger skimming the lines) I made a pencil slash after every paragraph after I read it and I fixed break points in advance. I too am curious as to what your reading - the stuff I am thinking of was extremely technical and unloveable in the extreme. One foot, other foot - put it behind you.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:26 AM   #36
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I'm reading a book on phonetics (I gave its title a few messages ago).
I'll probably do what you're doing, thanks.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:35 AM   #37
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I know it is hard to believe, but some law texts are kind of dry. I always found if I studied at night and then slept, I retained it better.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:16 PM   #38
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Oh, I love phonetics. It's just that particular area of phonetics that (sometimes) makes my skin crawl.
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I must be a slow reader since it usually takes me a couple of minutes to read a page for information, and I've read books where it could easily take over an hour to understand a single page. (Granted, those were heavy in mathematical physics.)

Anyhow, one thing I've done is breaking up reading sessions. I set a 15 minute alarm, then read for two intervals and get up and move around for one interval.

Interval reading - I like it!
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:47 PM   #41
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I find with technical stuff I would read perhaps as much as a chapter fairly quickly to get the feel of what it's about, then have a break and go back later, reading much more slowly and in detail. With paper-based books I usually deface them with marginal notes, but with the kindle you can highlight and bookmark important bits. I would expect to read every chapter at least three times, and maybe more if I find I am forgetting anything important.

As others have said, trying to apply what you have learnt in the chapter is an important part of learning.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:53 PM   #42
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Dear Beginner,

Take notes while reading, and then post a review on Amazon. That will force you to concentrate, and any mistakes you make in summarizing the book will be met by (unflattering) comments by other users.

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I have to finish the book by Friday morning so I'll work hard tomorrow. I have 60 pages left to read, so I should be done in 4-5 hours tops, probably less.

I read in the car for over an hour today and it went well--it seems like the hardest chapters were the first ones, since they were full of rules and exceptions to said rules (sigh).

I don't think walking outside would be a good idea because it's too cold right now. I'll probably try it when the weather's nicer.
Well, did you finish the book that started all this?
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No, I haven't finished the book yet. Yes, some of the advice has helped me, but I'll have to start over because I didn't take notes like I should have. I guess it's a bit of a trial-and-error thing. I've had lots of work recently and I didn't feel like finishing this book because it wasn't that high on my priority list anymore. Now, it's pretty much at the top of the list again.

I did read 7 books about poker while procrastinating, but at a speed of 400 to 500 words per minute. I just got a Kindle so I thought I'd treat myself. Now that I've done that, I'll have to re-read this book (and maybe finish it first).
@ KennyC: no, obviously our good-natured advices went unnoticed
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