I notice a disparity between my ability to parse difficult texts when I'm just "reading for fun" versus when I'm trying to solve a particular problem for a homework assignment. It's often easier to do it for homework assignments. When I've got time that's just, "reading up on fun and interesting things," I bounce-off of difficult texts more often than I would like.

After examining some recent instances of this happening, I've realized that when I'm reading for fun, my implicit goal has often been, "read whatever will most quickly lead to a feeling of insight." When I'm reading for homework, I have a very explicit goal of, "understand of dynamic memory management works," or whatever the topic is. Upon reflection, I think that most of the time I'd be better served if I approached my fun-exploratory reading with with a goal of, "Find something that seems interesting, and then focus on trying to understand that in particular."

The useful TAP would be notice when I'm bouncing off a text, and check if my actual reasons for reading are aligned with my big picture reasons for reading, and readjust as necessary.

Hazard's Shortform Feed

by Hazard 1 min read4th Feb 2018219 comments

In light of reading through Raemon's shortform feed, I'm making my own. Here will be smaller ideas that are on my mind.