- Read one topic at a time to understand the material without breaks.
- Read vigorously, with the intention of getting answers and solving problems.
- Associate or visualize the content to make reading meaningful and memorable.
- Do not engage yourself in taking notes while reading, that interrupts the process of effective reading.
- Highlight or underline only the main ideas and supporting details with no more than 10-15% of the page.
- Write marginal notations to distinguish main ideas, examples and new terminology.
- Group studies make better clarify and understand the subject.
- Break the reading schedules every hour or a few to avoid boredom or tiresome.
- Read to answer questions, to gather information and to critically analyze the content.
- Don’t miss studying captions, pictures, illustrations, tables, graphs and charts.
- Don’t delay looking up into a dictionary for any word that is new to you.
Recite: Sometimes reading loudly several times helps make it clearer and impressive, especially quotes, definitions, formulae, new terminology, values, dates, etc. Students who recite forget only 20% of learned material within a period of two-weeks. Those who do not recite or discuss the material forget 80% of the information in the same time period.
Review: Periodically stop reading and try to recollect the same. Review the material within 24, 48 hours or at least 72 hours time gap. Review often periodically. The more you review, the more information you retain and more capable to analyze and solve the problems.