How to read technical books

I believe reading a book is the fastest way to learn. A book is like a souvenir of an idea or a few related ideas. Always relate those ideas/ concepts with that particular book. You would know what book to pick immediately if such a need arises in future. I know coding books can be a bit boring to read. That is why I ask you to practice while you read. In time, you won’t have to type and execute the code to visualize the output. Here are the few tips on reading technical books which will make the process easier.

  • Be active – Read the book. Do the exercises set.
  • Think for yourself –Always good advice.
  • Question everything – Be skeptical of all results presented to you. Don’t accept them until you are sure you believe them.
  • Observe – The power of Sherlock Holmes came not from his deductions but his observations.
  • Prepare to be wrong –You will often be told you are wrong when doing mathematics.
  • Don’t memorize–seek to understand–It is easy to remember what you truly understand.
  • Develop your intuition – But don’t trust it completely.
  • Collaborate – Work with others, if you can, to understand the mathematics. This isn’t a competition. Don’t merely copy from them though!
  • Reflect – Look back and see what you have learned. Ask yourself how you could have done better.
  • Read with a purpose. Read actively.
  • Have pen and paper with you  – You do not have to read in sequence but read systematically.
  • Ask questions – Read the definitions, theorems and examples first. The proofs can come later. Check the text by applying formulas etc.
  • Do exercises and problems – Move on if you are stuck.
  • Write a summary –Reflect what have you learned

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