If possible, add your own definition based on context clues and an example sentence. Or any other day for that matter. So try to pick a time that would be reasonably difficult but possible—whatever happens in the text.
When you see a new word or phrase that you think is important, write it down in your journal. Students spend the bulk of the time transcribing single sentences with little attention given to communicating ideas Takagi, Prime your knowledge This is a very basic activity that will make your extensive reading easier and more effective.
Skim and scan These two activities are for those with a dire wish to be able to read as fast as a native speaker. Work on your creative writing Had enough of summarizing the story? Higher level papers take much more time to develop.