Create a reading schedule: Trying to complete a long reading in one sitting may not work for most people. Dividing up the reading into smaller amounts of time can help the reading be more manageable and memorable.
Know your energy level: If you plan to read when you are the most tired, imagine how much you will actually remember from the reading (probably not a lot). Find the time when you are able to retain the most by reading during different parts of the day and quizzing yourself the next day.
Review the previous information: Most times, the reading relates to the content you've already learned. Do a quick review of the information leading up the the reading to see how it all connects.
Preview the reading: Look through the formatted text (bold, italics, underline, etc.) to get an idea of what to expect in the reading.
Create a list of questions: Prior to reading, create a list of questions and answer them throughout.
Take active notes on the reading: Identify divisions in the sections of the reading where you can test yourself and write a quick summary of what you read.
Use symbols to identify key points: Underline, circle, and use other symbols to more easily identify important things to review.
Review and reflect: Evaluate what you read by writing follow-up questions, and reviewing how it connects to what you already know.
Compare notes with other students: Talk with a classmate about what the reading was about to better understand what you still need to study.