Here's a very interesting article describing a process for better learning of a large volume of material: 'SuperMemo: Incremental reading" The article relates to a Windows software called SuperMemo, but I find the basic priciples described appliable even without the software. I think this is a very fascinating process of learning:
If you jump to the "Five Skills" headline, the actual process becomes visible:
- read articles - not in obe go, but in increments
- extract fragments - much like note taking while reading a book
- derive qustion & answer blocks from the article/fragments
- review / rotate the unread material, your extracts, the questions
I think the described software is important in the last point. It uses some advances algorithms to determine when to review a given piece of info.
What I find interesting and tranferable to other uses is the basic concept of incrementally processing raw information. Much like having a number of books on the 'currently reading' list, instead of a strict sequence.
From my current reading I can very much relate to that idea: I frequently need to put down the book I am reading in order to fully absorb the last idea/concept. Reading on at that point will only blurr my understanding. But this "Incremental Reading" seems to offern an alternative to simply pausing with a book. If I see this correctly it is perfectly ok to switch subjects instead of pausing to read completly.
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