Analytical Reading: Developing Your Own Views

Analytical Reading: Developing Your Own Views

What are the four components of analytical reading? What is the goal of reading a book analytically? Mortimer Adler’s How to Read a Book describes analytical reading as the third level of reading. At this level, the aim is to understand to book and its background as much as possible in an unlimited amount of time. Keep reading to learn about the four components of analytical reading.

Inspectional Reading: Understanding Key Points

Inspectional Reading: Understanding Key Points

How can inspectional reading help you comprehend a book better? How do you read inspectionally? Mortimer Adler’s book How to Read a Book describes inspectional reading as the second level of reading. At this level, a reader can understand the main concepts of the book by skimming it and reading its high-level content. Learn how you can understand a book in just 15 minutes with inspectional reading.

Elementary Reading: Basic Comprehension Skills

Elementary Reading: Basic Comprehension Skills

What is the first level of reading from How to Read a Book? Why do many adults still read at an elementary reading level? In How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler describes elementary reading as the most basic form of reading. Unfortunately, once you’re taught how to read as a child, you are rarely taught how to read better. This leaves many adults in the elementary reading stage. Here’s what it means to read at the elementary reading level.

How to Examine a Book’s Structure: X-Ray Technique

How to Examine a Book’s Structure: X-Ray Technique

Why should you examine a book’s structure? How can x-raying and categorizing a book help you level up your reading skills? According to Mortimer Adler in How to Read a Book, examining a book’s structure is part of inspectional reading. Adler says that if you can’t articulate the book in one sentence and make an outline of the major points, then you can determine that a book is poorly written. Continue reading for more of Adler’s tips on how to examine a book.

Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death? The Age of TV

Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death? The Age of TV

What were the early hopes for the invention of the television? How did entertainment value slowly replace trustworthiness? Are we amusing ourselves to death? In his book Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman discusses the impact that television has had on our society. Postman argues that television directly attacks literacy and suggests that we should judge everything based on entertainment value rather than importance. Keep reading to learn why Postman believes that we are amusing ourselves to death.

Why Should You Read? Because Reading Is Learning

Why Should You Read? Because Reading Is Learning

What is the major benefit of reading? What questions should you ask yourself while you read? How do know which books you should read? Mortimer Adler says that the reason you should read is simple: reading is learning. And to be well-read is not to have read a large number of books, but to have a high-quality understanding of good books. Here’s Mortimer Adler’s advice on how to read better and how to choose which book to read next.

How to Read a Textbook More Effectively

How to Read a Textbook More Effectively

Do you struggle when you’re tasked with reading a textbook? Are there ways to better understand the content matter? In How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler breaks down the best ways to read math, science, philosophy, and social science books. Adler gives advice and provides you with questions to increase your understanding. Continue reading if you want to know how to read a textbook better.

Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow: Inspirational Book Exercises

Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow: Inspirational Book Exercises

Have you read Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow and want to relate the concepts to your own life? How can these exercises help you understand the book better? In the book Flow, Csikszentmihalyi offers advice on how to enter the flow state and feel more purpose in life. He discusses topics such as flow-inducing activities, finding flow at work, finding flow in your relationships, and more. Keep reading for exercises inspired by Csikszentmihalyi’s book Flow.

Education as Entertainment in the Era of Television

Education as Entertainment in the Era of Television

How does educational entertainment undermine traditional, classroom learning? Has television redefined the way we approach education? After the introduction of Sesame Street in 1969, educational entertainment has become the norm for children. Because of this, kids now expect the classroom to be just as entertaining as tv. Here’s how educational entertainment effected the curriculum over time.