- Get a sense of the book in 5-10 minutes.
- Read the jacket copy & contents, skim preface & introduction, read conclusion (last 3 pages) and skim the index. Note publisher and date of publication.
- Quickly page through the entire book at the rate of 2-3 seconds per page.
- Determine if you want to read the book more thoroughly, give it away, or file it for future reference.
- Skim the entire book at a slower rate (4-10 seconds per page), breaking the book in as you go.
- Look for structure, outline, key facts and concepts.
- Write a quick summary for the book in pencil on the title page.
- Preview each chapter again before you read it to get the structure (4-10 seconds per page).
- Read every word at fastest comfortable speed using a pointer so you won’t wander, hesitate, regress, or lose your place. Mark the margin, but don’t underline the text.
- Write a 1-4 sentence summary in pencil at the beginning of the chapter.
- Sketch a quick outline or recall pattern.
- Re-read the chapter quickly, focusing on marked sections, interacting with the text.
- Refine your 1-4 sentence summary at the beginning of the chapter.
- Review at regular intervals, looking over recall patterns and summary material.
— Greg Koukl, from Ambassador Insights (booklet), p. 42