5 Active Reading Strategies (And How I’m Applying Them)

Active reading is simply a means of reading a book with the deliberate intent to learn and apply something from it.

In my last video on reading textbooks, I compared your textbooks to an art museum. These places are filled to the brim with sculptures, paintings, medieval weaponry, and silent guards who you’re just sure are judging you for staring at that statue’s genitalia for too long.

You can approach a museum in two ways: either you stroll through it without much thought, looking at pretty things and wondering how much trouble you’d get in for touching them, or you go in with the intent to learn about the pieces. You read the descriptions next to the paintings, note the artist, and take photos of pieces you particularly like.

When you read a book, you can adopt either of these methods as well – and the latter is called active reading.

In this video, I’ll be doing two things:

  • Giving you 5 techniques for applying active reading to any book you read
  • Showing you how I’m using active reading strategies in 3 different books

…one of which you can see in the thumbnail for this video. And yes, reading with a monocle definitely improves comprehension. Because… reasons.

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Video Notes

How to learn more from your textbooks using active reading strategies

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What active reading technique works best for you?

Oh yeah – and if you want to implement the habit I’ve been building on my 3rd book and need some extra motivation, join the CIG guild on HabitRPG. We’ll keep you accountable.

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