1. Highlight those words you do not recognize. Look them up later. If you do not have a dictionary, try to use context clues for the passage or sentence to allow you to understand the word.
2. Circle or highlight a character's name. Create a list on the flap of your book or on a separate piece of paper of all of the character's names.You could even make a bookmark and place important dates or characters on it.
3. Circle, highlight, or underline an important quote or passage.
4. Circle the page numbers that include major events in the story.
5. Create chapter summaries at the end of each chapter. Include major events, introductions to new characters, a change in the setting, or other important parts. To review, simply re-read what you have written. Try to make yourself a mock-quiz and see how well you do!
6. Re-read important passages.
7. Try to make reading enjoyable. Recognize what type of environment you need in order to concentrate and focus on your book.
8. Have a drink and a snack handy! Take breaks when you find yourself re-reading the same line three times!
9. Set challenging but realistic goals for yourself.
"The book should be a ball of light in one's hand."