The text which is _easiest to read_ is the subject for which you have the greatest interest. Given this insight I imagine this as a useful tool for the reader to find their interest, or to humanize the practice and find sympathy with its practitioners.
“While reading […] Highlight, mark or underline key information mentioned in the survey.”
I do not agree with defacing a text. In my experience a text unfolds to you with multiple readings. To go the nuclear option of permanent highlighter marks is to affix on the text your naive first readings.
Marginalia is much better in because they don’t interrupt the text, but live alongside.
I believe this so much I wrote this one page PDF and share it with my friends:
Similarly, if you're reading a computer science textbook, you really need to be writing code that puts your learning into practice, or solving algorithmic problems that use the subject matter.
This advice is better when you're just trying to remember stuff that you read in a textbook, rather than gaining a deeper understanding.
Even the Wikipedia page on "evidence-based learning" only discusses three things: spaced repetition (Anki), n-back training and some weird ambiguous behavioral thing called errorless learning.
I've also continually scoured HN and Reddit for tips.
Does anyone have any hidden knowledge to share? My current experiment is a tweak of memory palaces. I take a route in my city that I know well, that I can picture myself traversing. I then mark monuments on the path. I then mentally attach items to the path. Finally, I take a screenshot of the path and manually label each milestone with the associated piece of information.
I'm going to try memory palaces for programming ideas. I'm thinking of sequential book-style information. For example, what I think I will do is hook each paragraph or section to a landmark by concocting a question about the section. That might help with the "synthesis" portion of comprehension.
I imagine that this will result in either shit rote-knowledge, or an abundance of new ideas and connections.
Btw, I successfully impressed my wife by memorizing a 15-digit number of her making in a span of less than 5 minutes. If anything, this is going to be a cool party trick lol
In particular, I'd recommend finding the first/foundational work (usually cited in the textbook itself), and reading that. One reason that foundational works are foundational is often that they manage to effectively communicate a concept to a large population. That is, not are they theoretically novel and groundbreaking but they are rhetorically competent. Re-tellings by others are often inferior.
(This isn't always the case, but it is often enough that it's a useful tip to keep in mind.)
Otherwise, look to see what other references are included in the text, and try reading the relevant sections of these. Today those are often available via the Internet Archive for check-out, or you can simply download books from Library Genesis / ZLibrary, or articles from those sources or Sci-Hub.
I also found this helpful: "The single most helpful thing in figuring out what to write down was noticing when my reading was slowing down, which typically meant either there was a particular fact that needed to be moved from short to long term storage, or that I needed to think about something." Here is the source: https://acesounderglass.com/2020/06/10/what-to-write-down-wh...