Becoming an effective learner means intensifying your involvement with your work. Studies have shown that you retain only about 10 percent of what you read unless you involve other learning modalities.
Effective learning occurs through active, not passive, means. The more you can manipulate the material, the more you will understand and remember. Try these techniques:
Engage as many senses as possible.
Question your progress regularly.
Set the stage.
Transform information into different forms.
Use all available resources.