There is abundant evidence to suggest that perhaps the greatest problem in the social, academic and corporate worlds has to do with the fact that, a lot of people (if not most people) do not get to appreciate (understand) the messages carried in articles, emails, memos, books/manuals, documents (and directions in general) comprehensively well enough, and also not quickly enough. Frankly, if you have not had any conscious training on ‘How to study‘ or ‘How to get more from written materials, etc.,’ then chances are that, you are a victim; you can check/evaluate for yourself – you may click here; or otherwise, see further below…
There is one fundamental secret about all great achievers; it is that, in the area or things in which they excel and make a difference, they educate themselves by their own effort. The truth is that they never wait for anybody to teach them in order to learn; they make the effort to learn on their own using very simple techniques that anyone can also use and consequently excel just as they did and even more!
In any case, to ensure that you get the most out of what you read (articles, emails, memos, books/manuals, documents and directions in general), get to appreciate (understand) the messages carried in them comprehensively well and quickly enough, and thus stand tall above your peers and contemporaries, you can follow some very simple guidelines (steps, methods, principles and/or techniques). This section outlines some of the techniques, methods or steps that these great achievers have been using; they are excerpts from the amazing book: ‘Brainy Acts for Learners,’ and constitute the first / bonus chapter in the book. The steps are very simple indeed, and fortunately, you came into this world with a brain that has the fundamental ability to learn on its own, so, just follow the techniques below (Step 1 to Step 9) to get the most out of this and all other books, documents or notes you read:
1. Have in focus, a very strong reason why you want / have to read / learn
Bringing ‘a very strong reason’ into focus, will invoke in you the kind of passion that will sustain you through your learning times, as it will help you to avoid (or otherwise overcome) drudgery, boredom or that feeling of wanting to sleep soon after starting; a ‘very strong reason’ melts away all probable, possible or plausible excuses! Examples of ‘strong reasons’ may be: ‘to avoid failure,’ ‘to avoid punishment,’ ‘to avoid disgrace,’ ‘to excel in an exams,’ ‘to win an award or gain a special recognition,’ ‘to solve a problem,’ ‘to come up with a theory or an invention,’ ‘to write a winning proposal,’ ‘to prove, or otherwise dispute/debunk a notion,’ etc.
It is important to note that one reason may invoke different passions in different people, so what may be a strong reason for somebody, may not be a strong enough reason for another person, or for you (for that matter) so come up with a number of reasons and see which one invokes the needed passion in you. For me, I hate to be ignorant so I learn like crazy; because, “The illiterates of the future are not those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn!” – Alvin Toffler. And really, “The greatest obstacle to progress is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge” – Daniel Boorstin; because “When you know the right things, the boundaries around your life suddenly disappear.” – Brian Sher.
2. Make a positive…
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Though ‘getting the most out of reading‘ has been the focus in the above, the same steps, techniques and strategies apply to getting more out of Seminars/Lectures, Videos, Audios, etc.
Also, there are more/deeper principles, techniques and strategies you need to know and use to shoot through the roof. For instance, Reading is a popular learning method, but it is a lower method; so ordinarily, if a person reads something, he/she is likely to remember only 10 percent of it, after 2 weeks. There are 12 methods in the series, and the higher methods of learning allow a person to understand so well, and to remember over 90 percent; even after 2 weeks; so much more effective! The methods are beautifully outlined in the Brainy Acts for Learners training/manual; get a copy/copies or subscribe online. Find out all the categories/methods and more in Brainy Acts for Learners!
If you follow the foregoing steps, you will benefit so much from what you read; you will be amazed! The guidelines given in this section will help you avoid this pitfall, unearth more of your potential and set you above your contemporaries. I have a personal testimonial about this.
If you really love to go deeper, get the book/manual: BRAINY ACTS FOR LEARNERS; this is the full guide, and includes the ‘How to Get More from Anything You Read and More’ as a bonus. If you have a child/ward in school, get one for them quickly! You may click here.