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Copy of How I Read Books REALLY Fast

Please note that these are some quick notes I took out of Ali's video essay. You should watch the full video for additional golden nuggets and the extended version of each idea!

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00:00 Intro

Why should I read fast? ๐Ÿ“

First, you will be able to read this summary a lot quicker ^_^

While it is true that reading is a process that takes place slowly, allowing you to enjoy the information you consume, this is _not true_ for some people & for some book as well.

Riding a bike analogy ๐Ÿšฒ

Sometimes you are riding a bike to enjoy the journey.

Other times you do it just to get from point A to point B quicker.

Translation

If a book is mind-blowing, trust me, you will read it slowly, enjoy the process, take casual notes, etc.

If a book is only good for a specific purpose i.e. absorbing information on X topic, then you can read it fast.

Most non-fiction books are almost the same (these days)

They are reiterating the same concepts and wrapping them in a different layer. There's usually one big idea and the rest is clutter.

Capture the main idea, digest it, move on.

02:39 Reduce Subvocalization

Subvocalization, or silent speech, is the internal speech typically made when reading; it provides the sound of the word as it is read. This is a natural process when reading, and it helps the mind to access meanings to comprehend and remember what is read, potentially reducing cognitive load.

Subvocalitzation is controversial.

From his personal experience, Ali found out that reducing subvocalization works for him.

Tactics

  • read the book visually
  • see & absorb the words, do not subcovalize
  • gradually try reducing the subvocalization to increase your speed

Some studies took this even further and compared the regular reader using subvocalization VS. the speed reader not using subvocalization. The fast readers had less activation in the bits of the brain that are responsible to speech.

Try it out.

It will be uncomfortable at first.

It will gradually convert into your default state of reading.

You can then switch it on and off.

04:13 Read the Middle

Do not read the whole page.

Make use of your peripheral vision.

Check _How to Speed Read | Tim Ferriss_

05:34 Use Your Pointer

  • scan your finer across the page
  • you can also do this while having a pencil in your hands.
  • you can also use the pencil to take notes.

Hower Berg (Guinness World Record holder for fast reading with a speed of 25,000 words per minute) says that you can increase your reading speed by 10% - 20% just by using your pointer.

07:03 Gamify the Experience

  • treat it as a game
  • see how quickly you can read & absorb while still understanding, say, a chapter

Knowing how to leverage

Gamification is actually a meta skill that can be transferred to.

07:53 Write a Summary

Take notes while you read.

Use Notion as a tool for book summarization.

Ali's templates for both fiction & non-fiction books:

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Thank you for reading!

  • Please note that these are some quick notes I took out of Ali's video essay. You should watch the full video for additional golden nuggets and the extended version of each idea!

If you enjoyed this, maybe I can tempt you with a video I made on Speed Consumption: Why Ali Abdaal is Preaching 100x Speed Productivity

You can also make reading interesting by using a technique called MARGINALIA.

Ali, if you are reading this, thank you for helping me upgrade my world views. I really appreciate what you do. you inspired me to take a more systemic approach while working on my YouTube channel and on my personal research as well.

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