Read a section of your text (that you own!)
that you consider "manageable" but make no entries
Review the section:
Number important or sequential ideas in the margins
Underline or highlight:
Jot down paraphrases, questions, and summaries
in available space within the text
Develop a system to coordinate various sources
of information: workbooks, CDs, Web sites, classroom notes, etc.
Read just enough to keep an understanding of the material.
Do not take notes, but rather focus on understanding the material.
It is tempting to take notes as you are reading the first time, but this is not an efficient technique: you are likely to take down too much information and simply copy without understanding
Locate the main ideas, as well as important sub-points