How do I read a book in the most efficient manner? I recently bought some books with similar themes to The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli because I'm currently majoring in finance, and understand that I'm currently in a field where manipulation and influence are both extremely important. That being said, should I be taking notes, highlighting things? Or is just reading attentively fine?
I know it's not supposed to be a guidebook, especially given the time leap. But it's a good foundation to read before taking on more modern books which draw from many principles that are presented in it.
>efficient information retaining techniques
lol pic related
Maybe if you actually read books you would know 'retaining techniques' already
>Calling someone else a fedora
>When you're the one mocking someone trying to better themselves through learning
The truth is, I didn't really read books as a hobby, especially non-fiction ones until recently. That being said, I don't understand why most of the people posting in here are so hostile for no reason. This is some /v/ tier shitposting to be honest, but I appreciate those who actually contributed.
Thanks, for now I'm highlighting important parts but I'll probably move onto notes once I start reading longer books that are harder to reference from memory.
>trying to better myself through learning
>by telling strangers about it on an image board instead of doing something
maybe you should rethink your 'information retaining techniques'
Highlighting is only good for helping other people speed through reading. If you want it to stick for yourself, you should put it into your own words as much as possible. Drawing over what's already printed will do nothing because you'll forget that you even did it in 10 minutes. Yes you can go back and look for highlights later, but what has that gained you except setting you up to read the same damn thing twice? Waste of time. Write notes directly on the book.
I've been reading the whole time while posting here, and only checking ever 15-20 mins or so. But, I'm wasting my time replying to a shitposter regurgitating stale memes.
This is a valid point, I've already begun to right notes on the margins instead. The only thing I'll probably highlight are sentences that are not only extremely rememberable, but also important.