How I Remember Everything I Read | Summary and Q&A

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October 8, 2020
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How I Remember Everything I Read

TL;DR

This video explores the seven levels of engagement when trying to remember and apply the information from books we read, from passive reading to taking comprehensive notes using the Zettelkasten method.

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Key Insights

  • āš•ļø Reading is an important part of personal development, but many struggle to remember and apply what they read.
  • šŸ“š Level one, "The Muggle," involves passive reading without engagement or note-taking.
  • šŸ“– Level two, "The Squib," includes highlighting or underlining important points, but it does not improve memory retention. ā° Over time, our memory decays unless we find a way to engage with or consolidate our memory of the material.
  • šŸ“š Level three, "Hufflepuff," introduces a systematic system for reviewing highlights using a service like Readwise.
  • šŸ“ Level four, "Ravenclaw," involves a note-taking app like Notion to organize highlights and notes, making them easily accessible.
  • āœļø Level five, "Dumbledore's Army," requires taking quick notes, summarizing books in three sentences, to actively engage with the content.
  • šŸ§  Level six, "The Order of the Phoenix," entails taking detailed literature notes and creating a curated resource of book summaries.

Transcript

  • In this video, I'm gonna take you through the seven levels along the journey of trying to remember everything that we read. Hey friends, welcome back to the channel. If you knew him, my name is Ali. I'm a doctor based in the UK and on this channel, we explore the strategies and tools that help us live healthier, happier, more productive lives. An... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What are the benefits of engaging with books at Level 5 (Dumbledore's Army)?

Engaging with books at Level 5 allows you to actively consolidate your understanding of the content by summarizing it in three sentences, promoting better comprehension and retention. Additionally, it serves as a valuable resource for sharing your insights and building your personal brand as an educator or curator of knowledge.

Q: How does the Zettelkasten method differ from the Magical Insight Logging Framework?

The Zettelkasten method, also known as the slip box method, focuses on creating interconnected Evergreen Notes, while the Magical Insight Logging Framework automates the process of capturing and reviewing highlights from various sources. The Zettelkasten method requires more time and effort as it involves creating detailed summaries and notes, whereas the Magical Insight Logging Framework streamlines the process by pulling in highlights automatically.

Q: Why is Level 6 (Order of the Phoenix) time-consuming but rewarding?

Level 6 involves creating literature notes and summaries for books that have had a significant impact. While it may take a considerable amount of time to create comprehensive notes, it provides a deeper understanding of the book's concepts and allows for future sharing of insights. It can also serve as a personal resource for revisiting key learnings.

Q: How can Level 7 (Dumbledore) note-taking benefit personal knowledge management?

Level 7, which involves adopting the Zettelkasten method, allows individuals to create Evergreen Notes that are interconnected and lead to a network of knowledge. This method facilitates consolidating insights, linking related concepts, and provides a structured system for personal knowledge management. It can serve as a powerful tool for deepening understanding and promoting effective lifelong learning.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Level 1: The Muggle - passively reading without engagement or note-taking.

  • Level 2: The Squib - highlighting or underlining significant points, but without a structured system for review.

  • Level 3: Hufflepuff - using a service like Readwise to regularly review and revisit your highlights.

  • Level 4: Ravenclaw - implementing the Magical Insight Logging Framework to automatically pull highlights into a note-taking app.

  • Level 5: Dumbledore's Army - engaging with books by taking quick notes and summarizing them in three sentences.

  • Level 6: Order of the Phoenix - going further by creating literature notes and summaries for books that have had a significant impact.

  • Level 7: Dumbledore - adopting the Zettelkasten method of note-taking to create Evergreen Notes, creating a network of interconnected knowledge.

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