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Adler and Van Doren (1972, as cited in Jacobs, 2005, Reading Texts and Journal Articles section) have proposed eight rules for effective reading at the graduate level.
Dr. Jacobs makes several other helpful suggestions in his article Some Notes About Required Reading. Although you wouldn’t want to use this as an example of good writing, he makes an important distinction between undergraduate and graduate education and the ways in which reading differs between these levels. This could help you avoid unproductive behaviours that many undergraduates exhibit. He also provides some additional suggestions for interacting with the reading material that may help you make the most efficient use of your reading time.