1. Set yourself up for reading: quiet place, turn off your technology, good lighting, a block of time. Lying on your soft, warm bed may lead to sleep- - not attentive reading.
2. Determine your reason for reading.
3. Preview material to get a "big picture' perspective.
4. Analyze the structure of a textbook for clues regarding main topics/subtopics/details/definitions/examples. The "Preface" may give important information about HOW to read and use the text.
5. Think of questions as you read, to stay awake and be more mentally involved.
6. Reflect on material when you finish a section: use your own words to summarize the main ideas.
7. Make notes at the end of a section, or go back and highlight only the key ideas.
8. Become aware of how long it takes to attentively read different kinds of material, and set realistic targets about how much you can read in a set amount of time. Every course or source may be different.
9. Increase your reading speed by focusing on phrases or groups of words (NOT every individual word) and learning the new vocabulary.
10. Develop the habit of reading. Allocate regular time for each course.
11. Go to the Reading and Note-making Module for more strategies.