How to read 4 books a day and remember what you read
Top-selling writer Gordon Dryden, co-author of The Learning
Revolution, says it's easy to read up to four books a day and
recall the main points.
At a leading radio talkshow host, for more than seven years he read
at least 15 new books a week and skim-read many more. And in The
Learning Revolution, he and co-author Dr. Jeannette Vos outline
the best methods they have found to read non-fiction much faster and
much more effectively.
The key, they say, is to read any non-fiction writing exactly
as you read a newspaper: selectively. It's as easy as that!
Of course, no one reads every word in every newspaper. And,
say the authors, neither should you read every word in every book
In newspapers, they say, "you read only those things you
are really interested in. And how do you know? Because newspapers
are divided into sections, so you read only the sports pages if you
are interested in sports, the business pages for business. But even
then you don't read every sports story or every business article.
Newspaper headlines highlight the main points, and make it easy for
you to select." Very simply, they say, "you have cracked
the newspaper code." And they recommend that readers should try
to "crack the code" of everything else they read.
The Learning Revolution, for instance, is laid out so
that readers can easily skim-read the entire 544-page book in 15 to
30 minutes. Every left-handed page is a poster page, generally
summarizing the detailed text on the opposite page. And at the start
of most chapters, the left-hand poster page summarizes the main
points of the chapter.
In chapter four of The Learning Revolution, the authors
highlight the 20 easy first steps to better learning, including four
- How to relearn how to read efficiently.
- How to reinforce with pictures and sound.
- How to draw Mind Maps for easy recall. And
- Other easy ways to recall what you have learned.
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