Today I read the intro to 'A Treatise of Human Nature' by David Hume. I'm somewhat new to reading Philosophical texts and I have never read Hume before. The intro is 1936 words long. I took decent notes and made flash cards for some words and ideas in the text that I wanted to later commit to memory. I feel that I could write an accurate and thorough summary of the chapter relative to my overall knowledge in the field. This took me about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Is this an acceptable pace for university study? Should I be deliberately working to move faster?
Should I be deliberately working to move faster?
No. You should be deliberately working to move slower.
Nietzsche called himself "a teacher of slow reading" and in many ways philosophy is the art of reading slowly.
Take as long as you need to understand the text. Then, take the time you need to understand it deeper.
Serious texts take a lifetime to read.
This is not the right way you should be approaching it. Reading philosophy is not a race; people have their own paces and that's totally fine. The most important thing is that you understand the text, and to that extent you might consider touching base with professors or knowledgeable peers about some of the concepts you've read about. Hume is not known to be particularly hard to digest, but some concepts require a bit of context and insight into the jargon of the old days. Bottom line: don't worry about your speed, focus on comprehension.
As always, we'll be here to answer any questions you may have, and chat is always available if you want to discuss ideas as well. :)
p.s. your pace is fine. You will find that it will improve over time as you read more, understand different authors writing styles, and understand more concepts in philosophy.