By Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren
How to learn a Book, initially released in 1940, has turn into a unprecedented phenomenon, a living vintage. it's the top and so much winning advisor to analyzing comprehension for the overall reader. And now it's been thoroughly rewritten and up-to-date.
you're instructed in regards to the numerous degrees of analyzing and the way to accomplish them -- from straightforward examining, via systematic skimming and inspectional interpreting, to hurry studying, you the way to pigeonhole a ebook, X-ray it, extract the author's message, criticize. you're taught different interpreting options for studying useful books, ingenious literature, performs, poetry, historical past, technology and arithmetic, philosophy and social technological know-how.
ultimately, the authors provide a steered studying checklist and provide studying assessments wherein you could degree your individual growth in interpreting talents, comprehension and pace.
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But if you are seek ing an explanation, you have to understand it or nothing has been explained to you. Nevertheless, with the riving teacher available to you, you are given a lift in the direction of under standing him, as you are not when the teacher's words in a book are all you have to go by. Students in school often read difficult books with the help and guidance of teachers. But for those of us who are not in school, and indeed also for those of us who are when we try to read books that are not required or assigned, our continuing education depends mainly on books alone, read without a teacher's help.
In fact, many authors spend a considerable amount of time in creating the table of contents, and it is sad to think their efforts are often wasted. It used to be a common practice, especially in expository works, but sometimes even in novels and poems, to write very full tables of contents, with the chapters or parts broken down into many subtitles indicative of the topics covered. Milton, for example, wrote more or less lengthy headings, or "Argu ments," as he called them, for each book of Paradise Lost.
You will very soon be able to read the words as you follow your hand. Keep practicing this, and keep increasing the speed at which your hand moves, and before you know it you will have doubled or trebled your reading speed. The Problem of Comprehension But what exactly have you gained if you increase your reading speed significantly? It is true that you have saved time —but what about comprehension? Has that also increased, or has it suffered in the process? There is no speed reading course that we know of that does not claim to be able to increase your comprehension along with your reading speed.