Set a positive mood for yourself to study in.
Select the appropriate time, environment, and attitude
Mark any information you don't understand in a particular unit;
Keep a focus on one unit or a manageable group of exercises
After studying the unit,
stop and put what you have learned into your own words
Go back to what you did not understand and reconsider the information;
Contact external expert sources (e.g., other books or an instructor) if you still cannot understand it
In this step, ask three kinds of questions concerning the studied material:
o If I could speak to the author, what questions would I ask or what criticism would I offer?
o How could I apply this material to what I am interested in?
o How could I make this information interesting and understandable to other students?
Go over the material you've covered,
Review what strategies helped you understand and/or retain information in the past and apply these to your current studies
Adapted from Hayes, John R., The Complete Problem Solver, Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, Hillsdale, NJ: 1989. ISBN: 0805803092