How to Take Good Notes from Books

Books are wonderous creations — yes, even some of the books you’ve been assigned in class.

But if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed trying to absorb every word of every chapter of every book you’ve been assigned, there’s likely a better way.

So today we’ll be talking a bit about how we takes notes from books, both paper and digital, along with:

  • Making the most of your walk between classes
  • How to prepare for exams early


And, as always, you can get your own questions answered on the show by asking them in the College Info Geek Community, or by tweeting me.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • Overjustification effect
  • Audible
  • Optimize Your Sleep: 5 Tips for Falling Asleep Faster and Sleeping Better
  • , by Brad Stone
  • Listen Money Matters
  • Hardcore History
  • Joe Rogan Podcast
  • , by Cal Newport
  • Anki
  • Memrise
  • Tinycards
  • Duolingo
  • How to Be Lazy and Still Get a Ton of Work Done
  • , by Barbara Oakley
  • Post-it Flags
  • Marty Lobdell – Study Less Study Smart
  • Pareto principle (80/20 rule)
  • Your Kindle highlights
  • , by Robert Cialdini
  • , by Charles Duhigg
  • , by Dale Carnegie
  • , by Richard Restak
  • , by Daniel Boorstin

Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.

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How to Take Good Notes from Books (Ep. 152)