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How can we learn from reading more efficiently?

Everyday I look at my bookshelf and see the 10+ books I have begun to read and am still immensely fascinated in. Within a month, I probably purchase 4-6 books on average. It's overwhelming! There is so much that I am interested in, that sometimes I can't help but feel defeated.

My question to the brilliant TED community is...

How can I read more efficiently?

This primarily involves getting through more books with higher levels of comprehension. How can I get through everything I want to read without completely neglecting the people in my life? The more I read, the more I want to read about. It's a vicious cycle.

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  • Dec 14 2012: how can we learn from reading more efficiently? it sounds wrong to me the way you put the question.
    anyway, i think you are trying to get the technique to read and grab as much as possible and as quickly as possible. i have seen it somewhere where they say you should expand your vision scope and move your eyes faster when reading a sentence. its sort of like pretending like reading normally but faster, and make your pupils move to cover more area. there were a few reasons stated for this. one being, by not moving your pupils more, your eyes tend to tire quickly. and although going from left to right then down and then left to right again fast makes you comprehend less, this is where your brain practices come in. you will unconsciously try to process the many many words that you see and making a meaning out of it. it will improve with time.

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