IMPROVE READING. You can create little neural hooks to hang your thinking on, making reading an article, book, etc. easier to grasp:
>> Take a "picture walk" through the article.
>> Glance not only at the graphics, photos, but also headings, summary and even highlights/questions at the the end if the article has them.
>> Read the article.
You'll be surprised at how spending a minute or two glancing ahead before you read in depth will help you organise your thoughts.
TIP: if you want it really stick!
After you've finished the article - summarise it (write it down or tell it yourself). And if you be able to explain it to a 5-year-old (means as simply as possible), then you’ve really learned and understood it.