If you have never read or heard of How To Read A Book:The Classic Guide To Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren, you have really missed a treat in understanding what you are reading and getting the most out of the time that you have invested.
I have previously written on syntopical reading but I was hoping to get into a little more depth in discussing this with our readers. First, exactly what is syntopical reading for our newbies? Syntopical reading is understanding when you have a subject that you are attempting to explore and learn about more fully, such as public education and what is working and what is not, then more than one book and even perhaps twenty or even more will be necessary in answering this particular question and the second requirement will be to find the books that are necessary in achieving the answers to your questions. Therefore, syntopical reading is bringing together all these various books and reading them in an inspectional way in order to meet your concerns and questions.
We must remember that our primary purpose is to find the passages or paragraphs that deal with answering our questions and concerns. Reading quickly is necessary as we must remember that we are reading in order to answer the questions that we want answered.
From page 317 of the book, I feel this is important to share with our readers:
“What is important here is to recognize the difference between the first books that you read in the course of syntopical reading, and those that you come to after you have read many others on the subject.”
We must remember in syntopical reading, that the books are here to serve you and your purposes.
I have included this video for your viewing about How To Read A Book: