Look over the entire section to be read to identify the headings and sub headings.
Form an outline of these by either creating a mind map or an outline where headings are
aligned to the left margin and sub headings are indented, to show the structure of the reading. The headings on this page which identify four techniques for effective reading, without the
detail of the text, would form a good example of an outline.
Alternatively, pick out the topic of each paragraph (often found in the first sentence of a paragraph) and use key words to create the mindmap or outline.
Review the outline in order to gain an overall understanding of the topic.
Go back and read the details, thinking about how they fit with the overall structure.