Reading is a complex cognitive process of decoding symbols for the intention of constructing or deriving meaning. It is a means of language acquisition, of communication, and of sharing information & ideas. Like all language, it is a complex interaction between the text & the reader which is shaped ...

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online courses or reading books?

I like learning new courses. Watching video lectures online seems to take a lot of time. Which is a better way to learn, doing online courses from sites like Coursera or reading the course related ...
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What are other top productivity forums (besides this one)? [closed]

I've found productivity.stackexchange.com to be the best hub on the internet to exchange productivity advice. I'm curious if there are others sites people could recommend also. By "top productivity ...
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How to be more focused while reading and listening? [duplicate]

Many times, I loose focus while reading and listening. While having conversation with someone, if someone explains me something lengthier after few lines, I loose concentration and can't grasp ...
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How to systematically manage notes for electronic books in PDF format?

I normally read my PDF-format electronic books in Mac Preview or Adobe Acrobat and edit notes, highlight paragraphs therein. But I find this is not a very good strategy to systematically manage this ...
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How to come out of bad sleeping patterns? [duplicate]

Background Story: It has been ten years since I slept before 10 'o' clock and wake up at 6 or before. In all these 10 years I have been atleast sleeping after 12 and waking up after 8 nowadays these ...
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Can reading English literature be productive for a programmer? [closed]

I like reading Shakespeare, Dickens, and Orwell on my free time. But someone today just brought it to my attention that all this is a waste of effort: what does 16th, 19th, and 20th century literature ...
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How do I set aside time for leisurely reading?

I love reading. For me, it's very stimulating to read for pleasure. Oddly enough, reading on the subway in NYC works very well for me. I am able to live inside the pages of the book I am reading and ...
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Speed reading software with highlights

Do you know any speed reading software, preferably open source, that highlights text in chunks of words (3/5 words). I know some but they just flash text like cards. What I'm trying to do is improve ...
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Increasing the reading comprehension in foreign language texts

My level of English is reasonably high (c2) however due to it not being my mother language I still suffer some handicapping when reading texts in it(for example some specifications or more technical ...
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Highlight sentence feature with text-to-speech (Mac OSX)

Up to now, text-to-speech (TTS) combined with highlighting sentences is by far the best way I found to read fast and at the same time very relaxed. I need an application or browser extension that ...
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How to increase reading speed with or without apps/extensions?

For the past few days I have been exploring various extensions and sites which help you in speed reading the articles/content. I was fascinated in the beginning by their promises but in the end I'm ...
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Massive amounts of books to read and audio books to listen to

I have a huge list of books I want to read (around 70) some of them related to Computer Science (mainly programming) and most of them self-help (various topics). I also have a list of audio books that ...
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What is the purpose of incremental reading?

I found some articles, such as this article from SuperMemo and this article from Wikipedia, about incremental reading. I read quite often, and for many different purposes, but cannot understand in ...
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How to read a 300-page non-fictional book in a day?

I have a school competition coming up and because of school (and I'll admit, my laziness and other stuff like workout, running) I haven't been exercising for the competition. I read 100 pages out of ...
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how to study the four subjects in one month [duplicate]

iam studying in 12th standard my exams just one month away and i have not yet studied once. and what should i do now ? how to study? should i concentrate on important things? or should i learn ...
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How to read books in a better cost-benefit ratio?

I have a habit of searching for good self-help/Technical book if I found one then I will start reading it until I find another good self-help/Technical book and this pattern goes on and on. The ...
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Making sure read/review list actually gets read/reviewed

I am finding that my list of papers to read ends up growing over time, never actually decreasing in size. I happily file something from my inbox into a folder, then proceed to immediately forget about ...
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Concentrating on reading in a noisy environment

Imagine you're living in a noisy environment. It means. You're in a flat in block of flats surrounded closely by other block of flats There is a play ground under your window where children and ...
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How to study with efficiency?

I'm 16 and going into high school. I passed my 1st grade with an A average, but my second with B average (4 grades away from A). Anyhow, I wanted to ask someone to tell me how to study with best ...
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Best way to learn speed reading [duplicate]

I want to know what is the best way to learn speed reading? I searched the answer for a week now, but I found no personal experience recommendation. I also found a lot of books and software, but I ...
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How to take notes when reading technical books

Do you know of any systems such as mind maps or flash cards for taking notes while reading technical/programming textbooks? For example, after reading two chapters of a dense textbook and taking a 1 ...
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How can I better stay focused - My mind runs at 100mph when I try to focus

I finished my first year at university and I found that I really have trouble focusing. I know the tricks of limiting distractions, but even in an empty room my mind is always running and thinking ...
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Reading multiple books simultaneously or just one at a time

The good: I try to read as much as possible - I would like to understand the world, as ongoing learning, as professional and personal development, just because I like it. The bad: I am a slow reader, ...
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Speed reading technique - How do I get rid of subvocalisation?

I heard about speed reading techniques which enable a person to read quickly. I looked into some of them and removing subvocalization was the best option I found. Can anyone shed light on how I can ...
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How to focus on reading while the TV is on [duplicate]

My girlfriend loves watching TV but I like to read. I have a lot of trouble focusing between the noise and visual of the TV. I still want to spend that time relaxing with her because we're lucky to ...
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How to make sure that I don't forget all the books I read and all the experience I have

I read many books, articles, listened to many videos, and I made use of them a lot, but, after a while, I forget everything I've read or seen, as if I have never went through them. For example, in ...
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How do I concentrate on tough topics when reading on the computer?

I'm a graduate student in computer science, but I have only read 3 academic papers so far this year. The Internet is too fun for me, and I actually have learned a lot from it. The problem is that it's ...
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Reading a book a week

I want to try to read a book a week for 12 weeks beginning this summer. I have already began collecting recommendations for which books to read, and I will refine the list at some point, to get the ...
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How to productively read a computer science text book?

I find it hard to achieve true understanding reading theoretic computer science books. In particular, I struggle with symbolic notations and proofs. After spending a very long time perusing all the ...
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Documentation matrix for scientific papers

Interested to know about any systematic and preferably standardized framework for analyzing research paper in consistent matrix form which would allow us to compare the same parameters over multiple ...
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When do you update and study other material?

Considering an 8-9 hours a day in a job, you come home, you are tired, wanna listen to music, don't want to study anything new in CS, weekend comes, you never want to touch anything related to work, ...
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Learning methodology for software developer?

I am a beginner in software development. I've started learning algorithms, networking and software development practices from various books. My seniors advised me to read one book and learn one thing ...
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How to force myself to focus while reading

I am having very less concentration. Specially when I read a book or an article. I don't read a paragraph of 2 lines even. I start searching 1 or 2 words from a line and leave the rest. Definitely, It ...
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How do you read programming books?

I'm wondering, how do you read programming books? I always don't do the exercises, I just read the book.. Do you read while sleeping or you really take the book and study like you do in high school ...
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How to stop mind from drifting off while reading?

Lets say I'm reading a text on programming language which has some example on poker. As soon as I read it, my mind drifts off about some related things around poker, like probability, last time I won, ...
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Send it to my Ereader

I have a Nook Touch, but this question aims to address a system that would suit any Ereader device. What do I need to do to reliably take anything I find on the web and automatcally have a version ...
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Engaged Reading for web pages

Sometimes even if I am interested in a topic and in need of sorting through it, I am still unable to get myself "into it" and engaged (especially for technical articles) unless it is printed out and I ...
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How can I get myself to read books?

This might sound vague, but I think the question is pretty simple: If I have never had a habit of reading books in my life (as some people grew up with) and I am now in my twenties, how can I start ...
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Speed Reading: Spreeder vs ReadFa.st [closed]

I've been starting to learn to speed read, and two very different softwares that teach differently. Which is more effective and easily used when putting these tactics offline? The flash reading (one ...
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Method for keeping the most of a bibliographic work?

I just ended a research project in physics, and most of my time was spent reading articles. However, I still think that my method to extract and keep the most information from what I read could be ...
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Do´s and dont's for audiobooks?

(Related with this question) I have recently started to hear audiobooks in my daily commute, giving me 40 minutes a day of "book listening". However, though it's my first time on the audiobook world, ...
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How to evaluate quality of a book

I'm reading quite a lot professional literature, it's often about information technologies, programming books, computer science etc. The problem is that there are many books that are poorly written. ...
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Reading to Understand

When I read a math or science textbook and do not understand something, I can easily look it up online or look at another book for a different perspective. But how does one develop the ability to ...
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How to Stop Glazing when Reading

When I need to read something, I have a really bad habit of just glazing over it and not really comprehending the words. As a result I have no clue what I've read. How can I stop glazing at a ...
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Help me study and read paperlessly, with some ebook reader efficiently?

I have directories like this here full of PDFs that I want to read, comfortably. I consulted the GoodReader's developers (a book application for iPad) and they said that I need Mac -computer to ...
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How to effectively read and understand scientific literature?

If have read some other topics regarding this subject, but they were rather focused on the immediate understanding of a paper and not long-term knowledge of a topic. Suppose I read a book about about ...
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How to become a fast learner?

In the college, I faced the problem of not grasping my study-materials fast. It used to take intense study and brainstorming to understand a material which seemed to be a piece of cake for others. ...
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How long after reading should you review?

I read a lot of advanced math and computational science literature which requires the reader to be pretty involved most of the time. I usually read and simultaneously take notes, solve and comment in ...
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Be able to focus and read books when your partner watches TV

I like reading books a lot. Usually have only time for that at night, after work, but at that time my wife likes TV a lot and specially zapping; continuously jumping from one channel to another. I ...
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I want to track pages of book read per day [closed]

I am try Beeminder but it is not apprpropriate tool to page tracker. Can we have tool which is free and I can use it to increase my reading speed? Can I track my pages read something like velocity? I ...