Reading for Information Extraction: Get More Out Of Books
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Reading for Information Extraction: Get More Out Of Books

Implement a consistent system to learn more from your reading and conquer your reading list
4.2 (33 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
546 students enrolled
Created by Danny Zacharias
Last updated 6/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Find more time to read
  • Understand steps they can take to read faster
  • Implement a system of information extraction
  • Begin conquering the ever-growing reading list!
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  • Hard copy book
  • eBook
  • pencil
  • note-taking system

How do you conquer that endless reading list? And even if you do get around to reading, how do you process all that new information? In this course I will teach you a system for extracting information from the books you read, so that you get more reading done, learn more, and make that information more useful to you in the future.


This was the course I was searching for, for a long time!…This course should be seen by all starting students or (like me) all struggling old students who missed this in the past. — Udemy review

Danny, does a great job laying the foundation of "batch" reading as well as offering many great pointers to facilitate and maximize the process. If you desire, or need to, do lots of research reading (business or academic) you will love this course. — Udemy review


I will help you implement a system to read books faster and get the information you want from them.

  • Find more time for making reading a life-long habit
  • Learn to read faster
  • Learn more from the books you read
  • Set up a system for making information more useful to you later
  • Conquer your reading list!


The information is not just for students or academics, but also for anyone who is trying to learn a new topic for personal or professional use. There is so much information available out there, this course provides tools to read and then extract and organize info in a meaningful way, such that you do not inefficiently duplicate work by reading twice…I can definitely apply many of the topics in this course immediately to improve my efficiency. — Udemy review


Get More Out of Your Books

The endless list of books that you want to read sometimes stunts us from even beginning. And even those who do read regularly do not have a great system for actually getting the most from those books. By implementing the system this course teaches, students will begin to conquer their reading list, and feel confident that the information that they learn will be close by for the rest of their lives. Even in the age of blog posts and reddit threads, people still know their is value in reading the books of experts. Students who take this course will have a system in place to learn from those great minds who put the best of their knowledge into the books they write.


The course is well structured and extremely informative. Prof. Zacharias delivery kept me engaged. I have been searching for this type of course for years. I highly recommend this course to anyone that enjoys reading, but more so to students. My next semester starts on Wednesday and I look forward to implementing this system. Thank you! — Udemy review


Content and Overview

The course begins with providing you some tips and encouragement to make more time for reading. The more intentional someone is about reading regularly, the more it will become a life-long habit.

Although not a speed reading course, a section of the course is devoted to helping students to read at a faster pace. I cover both hard copy and eBook reading.

The actual system of information extraction is thoroughly presented to the student, so that they clearly understand the steps taken through a book to get the information you wish to retain.


You will find no hyped up claims of doubling your reading speed in this course. It's a breath of fresh air. Reading can be hard work, but I appreciated the simple, no-nonsense approach of this course. — Udemy review

I wish I had this information back in high school and college. Perfect system for teachers and public speakers to organize topics and information from textbooks. Thanks Danny! — Udemy Review

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for anyone who desires to learn more from the books they read
  • This course is not a speed reading course
  • This course is not for novel readers
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
Welcome to the Course
3 Lectures 11:39

An introduction to your teacher and the course content

Preview 03:29

In this lecture I give you some tips for finding more consistent time to read

Preview 08:10

Your project for section 1

Section 1 Project
1 page
Tips For Reading Faster
7 Lectures 33:46

The web apps mentioned in this video (regarding listening) are:

Focus@Will (

  • This is only free for a certain amount of listening per day. I pay a yearly subscription
  • There are mobile apps for this
  • Currently no PC or Mac app that I know of, but I have created my own Mac app for it using Fluid (

Coffitivity (

  • Can run through your browser
  • mobile apps available
  • Again, you can create a Mac app of it with Fluid (

If you'd like to read more about my thoughts on mood music, see this blog post:

Quieting the Voice in Your Head

Learn how to manipulate the size of eBooks in order to read faster

Manipulating eBooks to Read Faster

Some simple tips to begin reading hard copy books at a brisker pace

Reading Hard Copy Books Faster

In this lecture I'll explain the reason to skip footnotes/endnotes

What to do with Footnotes

In this lecture I help you to discern how to skim and skip portions of a book

The Art of Skimming and Skipping

In this lecture I help you to redefine reading, Reading 2.0
Redefining Reading for Yourself

Student project for section 2

Section 2 Project
1 page
Preparing for Information Extraction
5 Lectures 17:13

In this lecture I help you to understand what type of information to identify for extraction

What Information to Identify

In this lecture I describe how to make notations in hard copy books

Notations in Hard Copy Books

In this lecture I describe how to make notations in eBooks

Notations in eBooks

In this lecture I describe why it is important to keep moving forward

The Importance of Moving Forward

Student project for section 3

Section 3 Project
1 page
Choosing a Tool for Information Storage
4 Lectures 14:26

The first option is using paper, or a simple Word document

Old Fashioned Paper in a Book

Evernote provides a good central option for storing the information


In this lecture I describe what I think is the best option, a reference manager (also called bibliographic management software)

Reference Manager

Student project for section 4

Section 4 Project
1 page
Extracting the Information
7 Lectures 29:08

In this lecture I describe the first part of information extraction - writing your own chapter abstracts

Writing Chapter Summaries

This lecture describes the process of extracting the information identified from hard copy books

Extracting from Hard Copy Books

This lecture describes the process of extracting the information identified in eBooks

Extracting from eBooks

This lecture describes the best options for making flashcards of the information you want to memorize

Creating Flashcards for Info Memorization

This lecture describes what types of tags you may want to add to your book information and why

Adding Tags to Your Book Information

I provide a few tips for outsourcing the info extraction process

Speeding Up Information Extraction by Outsourcing

Student project for section 5

Section 5 Project
1 page
Implementing the System
3 Lectures 13:42

In this lecture I provide some encouragement about your time, and offer examples in my own reading

Some Discussion on Time

In this lecture I remind you of the importance of review in this process

The Importance of Review

In this lecture I provide my parting words and gratitude

Final Thoughts
About the Instructor
Danny Zacharias
4.4 Average rating
209 Reviews
3,542 Students
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EduPreneur, Tech Ninja, Bible Geek, Professor, Author

Dr. H. Daniel Zacharias is a professor, speaker, author, tech ninja, and is a full time professor at Acadia University.

Danny is passionate about productivity and utilizing technology effectively. He is a an avid reader on leadership, productivity, and business success. Danny has turned this passion in his life into eBooks for college and university students as well as Udemy courses.

Danny's training and full-time gig is in Biblical studies. He works hard to help people understand the message of the Bible and to teach them to be responsible readers. He is also passionate about utilizing emerging technology in education. This shows in his personal website, where he provides quality multimedia resources for learning Greek, including apps, videos, and songs, as well as his informational blog. Danny is a graduate of Providence College (BA), Acadia University (M.A., MDiv.) and Ph.D. (HTC/Aberdeen). He and his wife, Maria, live in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with their two sons, daughter, and cat.