For 20.12.19

Finding your interest

Find a section that reflects your interest and read it intensively like we discussed in class

  • What is your interest? Motivation is everything, without it you won’t be able to do the work, so the thing to do is find a very good reason, your interest, and explore the text as it support your interest; so, identify your business interest in general, write up 2-3 sentences on what is so fascinating about it, and get excited about it!
  • What do you know about it? If you already know something, which you do, then you can add what is new to what you already know and so have a meaningful context to learn: why read this, why go to the trouble? By writing up what you know, you can compare and contrast what is new and so build your understanding
  • Keep a business student diary, as you saw me illustrate with various notebooks and where, over time, you keep adding what you learn and so build understanding: the place to start is now, each day, maybe on the subway or whenever you see a business: identify something interesting and make a note of it: keep business (your interest, your career) in your head, eyes, and ears, and keep it alive

Reading (7-11 Japan) Intensively

If you have identified your interest and you find a section in the text that deals with it, a next step would be to study the matter in some detail and complexity: find a paragraph and read it as closely as we did in class.

  • In the section you’ve chosen, examine each sentence for the unique thing it does and then model how these sentences work together
  • In your Outline View, a very good thing to do would be to assign each sentence a keyword in Heading 3, discuss in Heading 4, and include the quoted passage or part of it in Heading 5; in this way, you break apart the text, identify each element with a memorable keyword, and explain what it is about
  • Do this for your selected section so that you learn how to read closely and carefully

The issue here is reading closely and it is designed to address the most common limitations

  • Students often just grab on to the first thing that comes to mind, and often that is what they know already: the point here is to build on what you know so that you might actually learn something: state what you know, then what is different, so you have both a comparison of what you know and what you learn as well as a disciplined practice of distinguishing the two
  • Students often just read for “the main idea,” which is fine when you are skimming basic things, but this assumes that there is, simply, “a main idea,” when on closer examination you will see that paragraphs are often based on Arguments that lead you from what is known to what is not known

Example: Follow this!!!

I’ve written up some notes on the paragraph we read on Friday in class and did so like I did then by walking you through an analysis and commentary and in the thoughtful voice I recommend you adapt to your purposes: please study this model and apply it to your own reading!