When you read journal articles, think about how you are going to write a paper based on what you read.
Survey, skim, and scan entire reading assignment. Observe titles, subtitles, charts, diagrams, figures, tables. Preview the conclusion and summary and then the abstract/introduction. Think of this step as a “preview” to a movie you are about to watch.
Question the authors’ purpose and tone. Develop and write out questions about each section of the reading. You’ll want to find the answers as you engage in the reading. Use these questions to guide your reading and your note-taking process.
Read the assignment as thoroughly as possible. Read one section at a time, reflect on what you read, and don’t get too bogged down with details. Search for the main ideas and supporting details. Keep reading!
Recite and recall the information by summarizing and paraphrasing. Did you find the answers to the questions you wrote down earlier?
Review the reading again and over time.