3 Tips to enhance your reading experience & to get the most out of your book

Hello! I know this is an unusual post, but because I think these tips are really important and I think this could help you to enhance your reading experience, so I decided to post it on Behavioral Web.

So I’m gonna share you my tips on reading books. This tips will not discuss the techniques of reading. But this post will explain to you my personal tips before I want to read and while I reading. So these are 3 tips to enhance your reading experience & to get the most out of your book:

Watch the online talk about the book = So before touching the book, I usually watch the online talk or the online seminar that talk about the book that you will read. The talk duration usually around 20 minutes (TED talk) or about 1 until 1,5 hours (seminars). The media that I used mostly is Youtube. Usually, I just search the name of the author or the name of the book and it will automatically appear. These are the channels that usually provide the videos.

1. https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector (TED)
2. https://www.youtube.com/user/AtGoogleTalks (Talks at Google)
3. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9xkc8dWgBsFfC7DOJfJLFg (92nd Street Y)
4. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvQECJukTDE2i6aCoMnS-Vg (Big Think)

With this process, you should get the big picture and the overall the subject/case that will be discussed in the book. So that should prime your brain first. So you will not read the book empty-handed.

Read the Index part of the book first = The index part is usually at the end of the book. I’m usually read the index first to know the name of the theories, cases, etc that will be explained more in the book. Because almost all of my books are about behavioral economics and psychology, some of the theories that I already know, often being discussed again in the book (confirmation bias, loss aversion, endowment effect, bandwagon, bystander, etc). The purpose is also the same with the first tips, it is to prime my brain, so the reading process can be faster and more effective.

Keep the google tab open when you are reading = This is to accommodate the lack of explanation in your book. It’s very often that authors don’t give the proper definition and explanation that I needed about some of the theories and cases. So then I just search the name of the context in google and usually I stop reading for a while to get my notebook (paper not the electronics one) to write the more detailed explanation. For more in-depth explanation, you can check the journal/academic paper of the subject. These are some of the websites that I think are credible and trustworthy enough to explain the cases & theories:

1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/
2. https://www.simplypsychology.org/
3. https://www.wikipedia.org/
4. https://behavioralviews.wordpress.com/ (a little biased on that one)
5. https://scholar.google.co.id/ (for journals)

So make sure keep the google tab on, so you can search for more detail information to satisfy your curiosity of the subject!

So those are the tips to enhance your reading experience and to get the most out of your book. From my personal experience, these tips are really helpful for me that make my reading experience more enjoyable and to learn as much as I can from a book.

Thank you for reading this post, do you have your own tips? Tell us in the comment box below!

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