1. Pay Attention In Class. Your professor will likely tell you which sections of the reading are most important or indirectly place more emphasize on certain sections than others. A lot of professors will assign way more reading than you’ll be able to complete, given your other homework assignments, but if you pay attention in class and learn to focus on the main concepts, then you should be able to prioritize just fine.
2. Understand the Material (In general). If you don’t comprehend what you’re reading, then it will be even harder to complete your reading assignments. Before diving right in to read the article or textbook passage that you’ve been assigned, take a few minutes to flip through the pages and read the subtitles. This will give you an idea of the topics you’ll be reading about, how the information is organized, and which sections of the reading correlate with what was being taught in class.
3. Read Introductions. Don’t skip past the introduction. The introduction gives you a good idea of the points covered in the reading assignment. Usually, introductions will give you an idea of how the material is ordered as well.
4. Learn to Prioritize. As a college student, you’ll always have something that has to get done immediately. Managing your time and working on a limited time schedule is a large portion of what college is all about. When completing reading assignments, find the most important sections of the material and read those first.
5. Take Notes or Highlight. . Taking notes or highlighting your textbooks really helps you remember the information that you read a lot better. Do not try to write down everything you read, but rather focus on the key topics and important details.
6. Learn to Skim. Unfortunately, there’s no secret to skimming. You will have to determine which skimming method works best for you. You might try reading the introduction and reading the first and last couple sentences of each paragraph. Skimming is a great way to get through those parts of the reading assignment that don’t seem to be that relevant to what you’re learning in class.
7. Take Breaks. Your mind will get bored with reading tons and tons of information, so you have to give yourself a break from all the reading. Take time to yourself – go outside for some fresh air, go get a cup of coffee, go visit a friend down the hall for a few minutes….just give your brain a break.