I learned most of these methods either by experience or from my beloved book : Thinking as a science by Henry Hazlitt.
I never had any guidance in what books to read and how to read them, so during most of my teenage years I soaked up on popular teenage fictions which resulted in me being the victim of a major brainwash.
-If your thinking agrees with the author’s explanation it will give you self-confidence.
»-If you were not able to think the thing out for yourself you will appreciate the author’s explanation.
Whenever a writer has started to explain something, or whenever you see that he is about to, stop reading and try to think out the explanation for yourself.
»« This practice will make you understand an explanation much more easily.
Last year I made a promise to myself to never stop being a learner, and the best universally agreed upon way to be a lifelong learner is, of course, reading books.
However, for a long time (most of my childhood and teenage years) I thought that any kind of reading done in any way will be beneficial and will contribute to my growth, even teenage fictions or a psychology book read only once on a crowded beach.
But if you read solely to answer problems you cannot answer for yourself, if every time you are puzzled about anything you run to a book to have it explained, and accept without question the explanation there given; in short, if you use your reading to save yourself from thinking, you had better stop reading altogether. »I`ve always considered reading the book from cover to cover as one of my duties towards the writer and the book.
That resulted in me getting to a part of the book I don`t enjoy much or aren`t interested in and consequently, I start postponing the reading of that book because of how that part is boring me.