Don’t Judge A Book From Its Cover… But Start From It

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What does it mean when we are learning a book? ⁣

Most people when learning a book, dive immediately into chapter 1. When you do,, you may think you are saving time, but you are actually running a huge risk, like if you were a general going to battle without having prepared any strategy. 

If it is true that learning a book is not – usually – a matter of life or death, by not strategising, you will find yourself missing out on relevant information which could not only give you a more complete understanding of the topic, but in a lot of cases also make you faster

So, what are the steps you should keep in mind?⁣

First of all, look at the cover of the book. On it, there are two fundamental pieces of information, if not more. ⁣

Firstly, the name of the author. Who are they? What have they written before? Which background do they come from? What is their writing style? ⁣

Then, the title. What is the angle the author has chosen for the book? Why did the author select exactly those words out of the thousands of words that make up the text? ⁣

If there is an image on the cover, why that choice?⁣

If there are glowing reviews, who gave them? What words did they choose? ⁣

When was the book published? Is it still current? ⁣

And once you open the book, the first glance should be directed to the table of contents, which will allow you to understand what the structure is and where to find the topics you are most interested in. Then, you can understand which ones you can go through faster and which ones will require more attention. ⁣

The introduction and final remarks will be a way to enter into the author’s mind; to understand the journey which led them to research and write about this specific topic, pinpoint their perspective and the point they are trying to make. ⁣

Part of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” still remains true though. If it is true that the cover, contents, introduction and remarks will be of help to you, it is also true that they will speak for the author’s mind, not yours. Once you understand where the author comes from and their point of view, then it is fundamental to read the book actively, creating your own opinion about the topic, mixing the words with your background knowledge, and asking questions with intellectual curiosity, to make sure that by the end of the book, you are a new person.

And if you want to understand how to define the best strategy once you have gathered all the information required, please book a Strategy Session with us.

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Nathan Gonsalves-Williams
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I started the course with a great deal of doubt, and this is probably one of the greatest things I learned from the course. That doubt was one of the main things holding me back. The course is an amazing eye-opener to the sheer volume of information you can learn and is also a demonstration to how easy it is for you and everyone else, by what you learn to do over the first weekend. After the course my reading speed increased by 4 times, I am now able to communicate in Spanish and I am using mind maps to prepare a quite difficult exam. I now know that I can learn a language quickly, increase my reading speed and have valuable techniques for exams and memory, all it takes now is consistency and practice which is really the true challenge.