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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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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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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 to read fluently?

I have a question how to read fluently and quickly without returning to previous words and with understanding. Please provide some tips. And one question what is the faster method of reading by a ...
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Is Speed Reading Scientifically Proven to be Effective?

I've read a lot about Speed Reading. I did ocular exercises in the past, and I confess that I really have read faster the texts of my ocular exercises (that I wasn't reading by the first time), and ...
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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 keep up with academic publications (papers) as a researcher?

As an academic researcher involved in a field with lots of academic publications, I find it hard to keep with these constant stream of publications. Even if my field is already specialized, there are ...
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How do I build reading stamina?

I am practicing for an examination coming up soon that involves reading comprehension. I have the ability to buckle down, focus really hard, tune out distractions, and read at an appreciable rate ...
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How to read a lot of technical material?

I just stumbled upon this Reddit post The Transformative Effects of Reading + Elon Musk's Reading List (Original here) and it made me think. I want to sift through vast amounts of material, but I ...
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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 (TCS) books. In particular, I struggle with symbolic notations and proofs. After spending a very long time perusing all ...
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I need to read fast but I also have to be able to remember the content of the book [duplicate]

So I am reading an autobiography of Halide Edib Adıvar in partial Ottoman Turkish. The process is so slow when I underline or highlight the words that I don't know, look them up in the dictionary and ...
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I have trouble motivating myself to read programming books

I honestly love programming but I find it tiresome to read programming books. Well, I find it tiresome to read most books actually, with the exception of short stories. Do you guys have any advice you ...
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How do you use the SQ3R method effectively, in order to read?

The SQ3R method is often cited , as a way to get through difficult material. SQ3R is an acronym for : Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review. My issue with it has been, after surveying I ...
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Long term effect of learning speed reading

A few years ago I learned to speed read, but in recent years I'm using it less and less. Maybe because it didn't bring me what it promised: same or even better comprehension and speed. Did you get ...
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How can I improve reading speed and comprehension?

How can I improve my reading ability? I want to increase my reading speed and comprehension. Do you have experience in increasing your reading. What did work for you? Which approaches failed?
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Is speed reading worth learning over PhotoReading? [closed]

I recently bought a Udemy course titled "Become a SuperLearner" that teaches speed reading and advanced memory skills (I tried the Tim Ferris's method, but it didn't yield long-term speed increase, so ...
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Re-conditioning the brain to read numbers “visually”

I have a problem with how my brain reads numbers, it's very inefficient, I see "1" written on paper, and if I'm doing math my brain flashes to me the written word "one" which I mentally read at my ...
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How to master a large variety of technical literature

I've an Engineering background I like to read technical literature (college level onwards) quite omnivorously - especially mathematics, computer science, engineering, and medicine. This is part of my ...
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Regressions in reading

All speed reading tutorials insist that avoiding regression is a major contributor to the reading speed and memorizability. Take this one as example. However, I notice that I read best when I read the ...
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Improving reading skills without “speed reading”

I really enjoy reading and I read a lot, but I read very slowly. I know this because, for example, the time estimates for reading on my kindle are always about double what it is for the "average" ...
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Reading long educational books / getting just the relevant information

I love reading educational books, be it business books, personal productivity books, etc. But it is very rare that I finish one. I would prefer books to just contain the core concepts rather than what ...
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Difficulty to read books written by native English authors? [closed]

I am born and brought up in Indian and now I am living in USA. My mother language is not English. Reading books is my hobby. I am able to read comfortably books in English language those are written ...
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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 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 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 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 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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Free and simple speed reading software?

Many years ago I did a 5-day speed reading course. At the time, my reading speed (paper, not screen) went from 200ish words a minute to between 1100 and 1250 wpm. It was fantastic. Comprehension ...
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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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How to increase reading speed with or without apps/extensions? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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 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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Can reading electronic displays be made more comfortable?

We all have to handle large amounts of information on a daily basis, but some of us find it hard to focus on the information displayed on electronic devices. It's easy to read through tens of pages in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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 ...