6. Mark key thoughts in the margins.
I know you were taught not to write in your books, and some books should be kept pristine, but a textbook is for studying. Mark key thoughts in the margins. If it makes you feel better, use a pencil. Even better, buy a packet of those little stickie tabs and slap one on the page with a short note.When it's time to review, simply read through your tabs.

我知道,大家从小就被教导不要往书上乱写。对于有些书应该是这样的,但教科书是用来学习的,可以在空白的地方记下一些重要的想法和心得。如果能让 你感觉更舒服的话,你可以用铅笔来记,更可以买些可粘贴的小便签,在上面记些短小的笔记,然后贴到书页上。到复习的时候,只要浏览一遍你的便签便可。

If you're renting your textbooks, make sure you understand the rules.


7. Use all the tools provided -- lists, bullets, sidebars.
Use all the tools the author provides -- lists, bullets, sidebars, anything extra in the margins. Authors usually pull out key points for special treatment. They're clues to important information. Use them all. Besides, lists are usually easier to remember.


8. Take notes for practice tests.
When you read something you know will show up on a test, write it down in the form of a question. Note the page number beside it so you can check your answers if necessary.


Keep a list of these key questions and you'll have written your own practice test.


9. Read with good posture.
Reading with good posture helps you read longer and stay awake longer. Give your body a break. Sit in a healthy way and you'll last a lot longer.


Much as I love to read in bed, it puts me to sleep. If reading puts you to sleep, too, don't read lying down.


10. Practice, practice, practice.
Reading fast takes practice, practice, practice. Practice makes all the difference.


Pretty soon you'll be reading faster without even realizing it.