The Complete Guide to Effective Reading

Learning how to learn: how to make your ROI on reading explode

Table of Contents1. Meta-Learning
2. Learning is a two-step process
3. Remembering the right things
4. Enter: Mental models
5. Learning = upgrading your mental models
6. How to ‘get it in there’ (macro-level)
7. How to ‘get it in there’ (micro level)
7.1 Know your why
8. Active reading
8.1 How to make a mind map
8.2 Which Returns are you aiming for?
8.3 Written active recall with bullet points
8.4 How to actively read a book
8.5 Remember your why (yes, again)
9. Advanced active reading
9.1 The QEC method
9.2 Keep a running tally
9.3 Put your unconsciousness to work
9.4 Pulling it all together
9.5 How to actively read a book (advanced)
10. Organizing repetition and reflection
10.1 Setting up and using your review cycle
10.2 Improved learning: engage in active recall
Conclusion: The cycle of learning

Meta-Learning

Learning is a two-step process

Remembering the right things

Enter: Mental models

Learning = upgrading your mental models

How to ‘get it in there’ (macro-level)

How to ‘get it in there’ (micro level)

“When we read, another person thinks for us: we merely repeat his mental process.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

From now on, no more passive reading. Ever.

Know your why

8. Active reading
8.1 How to make a mind map
8.2 Which Returns are you aiming for?
8.3 Written active recall with bullet points
8.4 How to actively read a book
8.5 Remember your why (yes, again)
9. Advanced active reading
9.1 The QEC method
9.2 Keep a running tally
9.3 Put your unconsciousness to work
9.4 Pulling it all together
9.5 How to actively read a book (advanced)
10. Organizing repetition and reflection
10.1 Setting up and using your review cycle
10.2 Improved learning: engage in active recall
Conclusion: The cycle of learning

Active reading

“The words of the writer act as a catalyst in the mind of the reader, inspiriting new insights, associations, and perceptions, sometimes even epiphanies. And the very existence of the attentive, critical reader provides the spur for the writer’s work.” — Nicholas Carr

How to make a mind map

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This is how it SHOULD look (©iMindMap)
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I don’t always follow all the rules super strictly

Which Returns are you aiming for?

Written active recall with bullet points

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My numbered bullet points from the beginning of ‘Plato at the Googleplex

How to actively read a book

Remember your why (yes, again)

Don’t forget to have fun.

Advanced active reading

“Nothing so much assists learning as writing down what we wish to remember.” — Cicero

The QEC method

Keep a running tally

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Marginalia
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My after-reading making-the-connections scribblings from Chapter 12 of ‘The Domain of Reasons’. Notice I also included marginalia from ‘Intro’ and ‘Ch.10’ (circled).

Put your unconsciousness to work

Pulling it all together

How to actively read a book (advanced)

Organizing repetition and reflection

Organizing and using your review cycle

Improved learning: engage in active recall

What you can’t explain to others, you don’t understand yourself.

Conclusion: the cycle of learning

PhD philosophy. Essays about why we believe what we do, how societies come to a public understanding about truth, and how we might do better (crazy times)

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